President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, asked the Senate to consider and approve the 2019/2020 budget estimates for the Nigerian Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The President made the request in a letter addressed to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, which he read on the floor during plenary.
The letter read: “Pursuant to Section 18(1) of the NDDC Establishment Act, I forward herewith 2019/2020 budget estimates of the NDCC for the kind consideration and passage by the Senate. While hoping that the Senate will consider this request in the usual expeditious manner, please accept, Mr. President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe decided to throw the President’s request out of the window. Coming under order 43 of the Senate standing rules, drew the attention of the Red Chamber, that members of the NDDC board duly confirmed recently by the Senate. He said that the Interim Committee of the NDDC, led by Joy Nunieh, “is an illegal contraption that lacks the backing of law to defend the commission’s budget.”
SENATE PRESIDENT AHMAD LAWAN’S – REPLY TO MR PRESIDENT
We are in a hurry to deal with matters of the budget because it is an issue that will bring about development in the country. As far as we are concerned, this Senate knows that we have confirmed the request of Mr. President on the board membership of the NDDC, and we have communicated that. The next logical thing to do by law is for the appointments of the members of the board to take immediate effect. I believe that the executive arm of government will attend to that quickly so that we have the right people to defend the appropriation request of Mr. President.”