The Lagos- Calabar rail project has been the source of controversy in last few days after it emerged that the project was turned down by lawmakers for not being included in the original budget sent by the president to the national assembly.

Speaking with journalists on Tuesday after a closed-door session of the senate, Abdullahi Sabi, spokesman of the senate, said in order to resolve the controversy surrounding the project, the presidency should submit a supplementary budget that contain the rail project.

“We issued that statement to clarify the situation and not to confront or threaten anybody,” he told journalists.

“What we issued yesterday is our position. What we did today was to confirm. I will definitely remain guided by the tenets of the constitution.

“That the Lagos-Calabar project was not in the budget does not undermine its importance. The national assembly is open; whenever the executive brings the supplementary budget regarding the project, it will be honoured.

“But we must remain guided by the constitution. That we pass the budget has not ended our responsibility. We have to move to oversight functions.

“We know it is an important project and we are ready to honour it. The way forward is that we have passed budget, and we are saying bring a supplementary appropriation bill.”

Source: The Cable

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