By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Abiodun Olasupo, has said that lawmakers were elected to pad the budget, saying there is no need for the recent outcry over the matter.
Olasupo (APC-Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa) told newsmen in Iseyin during the inspection of his zonal intervention projects and Federal Government projects in his constituency.
He said the constitution had guaranteed lawmakers to make laws, appropriate and perform oversight functions, adding that appropriation was all about change, addition and subtraction.
“If what is referred to as padding is the addition and subtraction from the budget, then padding is constitutional and we are elected to do so,” he said.
Olasupo, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Legislative Compliance, said there would not have been reasons to pad if the budget proposals reflected federal character.
He said there was no lawmaker that would watch his or her constituency denied of basic needs in the budget proposal as representatives of their various constituencies in the National
“The entire budget system in the country reflects that any lawmaker who does not engage in what Hon. AbdulMumin Jibrin called padding is not a performing honourable member.
“In fact, the budget proposal passed by the House was lower in terms of amount than what was brought to us,” he said.
Olasupo charged the media to engage more in investigative journalism to give in-depth and accurate reportage of events, so that the public would get the required information on issues.
He urged Nigerians to be patient with the government, saying they could not pretend as if all was rosy.
“What the present government met on assumption of office was horrible. The administration has been doing everything possible to prevent the Venezuela situation in Nigeria.”
“We thank God for having the person of President Muhammadu Buhari at the helm of affairs because it would have been worse. Venezuela has large quantity of oil but could barely feed its citizenry,” the lawmaker added.
Some of the projects facilitated by the lawmaker to his constituency apart from the sponsored programmes of the Federal Government include computer centres, classroom blocks, boreholes and road rehabilitation through zonal intervention fund.
The lawmaker had facilitated the renovation of several classroom blocks, secured employment for 17 youths, sponsored skill acquisition programmes, distributed 100 laptops and empowered women across the constituency.