Beware of Ngozi Okonjo Iweala; Jonathan Warned

As of late there seem to be no end in sight to the “battle” between House of Representatives and the Presidency over the poor implementation of the 2012 budget.

The House threw more barbs at the Executive on Sunday with the spokesman of the House, Zakari Mohammed insisting that the National Assembly is no longer “a toothless bulldog”.

Speaking at a special media briefing the House, in a direct reference, warned President Goodluck Jonathan against the kind of advice he gets from Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and other “un-elected appointees”, which might put his administration in more trouble.Mohammed said: “The idea of the National Assembly distorting the budget is incorrect. The National Assembly cannot distort a budget which it has full powers over. There is no law that says the budget must be returned to the President exactly the way it is forwarded to the National Assembly.

“If the Appropriation Act is to be sent back to the Executive the way it is presented, then, it is better that the National Assembly is abolished. In a constitutional democracy, in the budgeting process, the National Assembly exercises the constitutional responsibility of taking care of the interests and aspirations of Nigerians from every constituency.

The House spokesman, who read from a prepared text entitled: “2012 Budget, Non-Implementation: Okonjo-Iweala Should Address The Real Issues,” accused the Finance Minister of breaking the law by not adhering to the letters of the 2012 Appropriations Act.

According to the House, Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala’s claim that the executive arm has implemented 56 per cent of the 2012 budget as widely reported, “is not true,” as only “about 34 percent of the budget has been implemented.”

Part of the statement of the House of Reps read:
“The House of Representatives will like to restate its concern on the poor and selective implementation of the 2012 budget by the executive arm of government and the attitude of officials of government saddled with the responsibility of implementing the Appropriation Acts.

For the avoidance of doubt, section 6 and 7 of the 2012 Appropriation Act clearly says what officials of government and in this case the Honourable Minister of finance is permitted to do.

“If the revenue target is not achieved in any particular period, it is the responsibility of the Honourable Minister to seek for waiver from the National Assembly. This has not been the case as the Honourable Minister has not told the nation or the National Assembly that the monies for these projects are not available.

“This is not to say that funds should be released and accessed by MDAs without due process and actual execution of projects. In other words, there should be value for money. How released funds are accessed by the various MDAs is stated in Section 7 of the budget Act and further guided by due process law.

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8 Comments

  • This caption is confusing. It meant that Jonathan issued the warning. Nevertheless, the House need to ensure proper implementation of the Budget without having any ulterior motive. That is the joy of democracy.

  • Tomorrow will be the first day of August, 2012 leaving the year just four months to another new year. Since a yearly budgetary system seems impracticable, why not try a tenural budgetary system? This is obvious that Jonathan does not mean any good business for Nigeria’s economy. He is being economical to the truth. I have seen the high level of incompetence, naivity and corruption in this administration than I had ever see before. May God save, help and bless Nigeria and her helpless citizenry! Amen.

  • I do not see anything confusing in the headline of the news Kichi, semi-colon was used after Ngozi’s name before Jonathan’s that means beware of Jonathan through Ngozi. If colon that was used, then you can say it is confusing. Thank you kichi.

  • I do not see anything confusing in the headline of the news kachi, semi-colon was used after Ngozi’s name before Jonathan’s that means beware of Jonathan through Ngozi. If colon that was used, then you can say it is confusing. Thank you kachi.

  • it is so bad to realise that jonathan and the house of representative whom had promised Nigerians transformation did not but only to be con by the same set of venal,taint and putrefied set of people.
    politics has failed,like Chinua Achebe would always say “the center can not hold again”,who is deceiving who here? Okonji iweala please ride on and don’t mind the bunch of science representative with a very myopia brain whose view does not tally with the protocols of public finance.

  • Jonathan warned bcos he’s already afraid of Ngozi d traitor…mr president pls stand up and act as a man,so u mean if Ngozi is ur wife u would allow her to rule ur house n be d man why u d wife? Ur tenure is so disappointing….pls do wat u re suppose to do @ d rite time.

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