As the Federal Government commences the special public works programme against the pronouncement of National Assembly, Honourable Jubrin said that the National Assembly has no power to ask Festus Keyamo to stop the programme in the first place.
In an interview, Abdulmumin Jubrin, former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, said the house do not have the power to stop the programme and for the Senate president to support the notion is like drawing the battle line between the executive and the judiciary. The leaders of the house should have called for a closed door meeting with the executive to settle it amicably. He also fault Mr. Keyamo for resisting the demand from the committee to go into executive session.
“Do the parliament have the power to stop the work? No we do not, I have had that argument severally when I was in the National Assembly. The National Assembly has so much powers, the national assembly do not even utilize ten percent of its power. The challenge has always been how to identify the limit of their powers,” he said.
He stated that the point where the house has the opportunity to deal with that issue and where they have the constitutional power was during the budget defense. The house can even cancel the project, reduce the amount, increase the amount or amend it at that point. By the time it goes beyond that point, the next point that the National Assembly has the power of intervening is on oversight, by the time he starts implementation. You cannot give directive on implementation because when you do people will start questioning.
He said further that when he was in the National Assembly, he asked his colleagues what is not their power because they practically do everything and the only thing they do not do is award of contract.
He calls for introspection from members of the house in order to draw a line in the limit of their power emphasizing that Mr Keyamo has not implemented the project and it will be wrong to ask him to stop it when they could have asked those questions earlier.
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