Human Rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana has lambasted the National Assembly, for inserting new projects into the 2017 Budget.
Speaking in an interview on Channels TV, the legal practitioner described the insertion as ‘totally uncalled for’, suggesting that the Executive should get the Supreme Court to settle the matter once and for all.
He said: “We have been on this game since 1999. This is about the fourth president. Every year, we have this controversy.
“It is totally uncalled for; the power of the National Assembly to tinker with the budget- we have advised the government to put this matter to rest by approaching the Supreme Court. The precious time of the nation has been wasted over who has the right to the project.
“The constitution says the ‘President shall cause to be prepared’. What does preparation mean? It means the Ministry of Budget, the Ministry of Finance and all the relevant agencies of government will prepare the budget and collate the figure…the Presidency would have done some feasibility studies.