A member of the House of Representatives representing Agege Federal Constituency, Hon. Taofeek Abiodun Adaranijo, on Tuesday assured Nigerians that the full details of the 2016 Appropriation Bill would be forwarded by the National Assembly to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent before the end of the week.
President Buhari had refused to sign the budget owing to the failure of the National Assembly to send the full details of the budget to him as represented in the N6.06trillion harmonised budget passed by the two chambers, a development which had stalled implementation of the budget.
But speaking in an interview with journalists shortly after inspecting on-going projects in Lagos, Adaranijo disclosed that the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Appropriation have been working assiduously to ensure that the president gets the full details of the budget before the end of the week.
He attributed the delay to some of the lapses identified in the budget, adding that as responsible parliamentarians, the lapses identified had to be sorted out first.
Adaranijo, who is a member of House Committee on Works, inspected on-going road construction by the Lagos State Government in collaboration with Agege Local Government Area and Orile-Agege Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Fashola Street, Agege; Bakare Lane/Kareem Babatunde Street and Ogundele Street in Orile-Agege LCDA.
Adaranijo also inspected the ongoing construction of flyover bridge at Abule-Egba and some borehole projects which he constructed for the people of his constituency. The borehole projects are located in Magbon, Olusanya in Agege and one in Ago Igbira, Mangoro.
Speaking on the work done so far, the lawmaker commended the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for taking the initiative to partner the local government, saying the governor has demonstrated his love for the people with the numerous on-going projects across the state.
He also commended the quality of work done on Fashola Street in Agege, saying this was about the first time that such first class road would be constructed with walkways, drainage system and street light.
Adaranijo recalled that: “During the political campaign, we made a lot of promises to the people. This is in fulfillment of our promises to them and the state government and the local government are collaborating together to fix this Fashola road and we have many other road projects under construction.
“As the representative of the people, I felt it is pertinent for me to come and see what is going on so I can report back, and anytime I see the governor, I will appreciate him for the ongoing projects.
“All eyes can see what he (Ambode) has been doing and some other things that are in the pipeline. The lighting up of the state it is ongoing. Look at the drainages and other major projects that are ongoing. This is in fulfillment of our campaign promises and all I like to say is that the people should continue to support us; they should continue to support this government because there are many things still coming.”
Also speaking, Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Orile Agege LCDA, Prince Sunday Ajayi, thanked Ambode and Adaranijo for the projects ongoing in the council, revealing that the work done so far was excellent and fantastic.