The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, has said for the nation to leave recession, there is no way government will not borrow.
Gbajabiamila, who presented the end of the year report on activities of the House to newsmen, said that amendment to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) Act by the National Assembly will not see the light of day.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Gbajabiamila said the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) is not dead, adding that even if the Bill is not being debated on the floor of the House, work on the Bill is being done at the committee and group level.
He said, “The previous government put us where we are today, and for us to leave the recession, there is no way we are not going to borrow. Buhari is not a careless man and if we borrow, the money will be properly utilised.
“ PIB is being considered even though you are not seeing it on the floor of the House, we are working on it at the committee and group level. PIB is being considered, we will come out with a satisfactory solution that will serve the interest of Nigerians. “
Speaking further on the CCB, the Majority Leader explained that he had made attempt to revisit the Bill but when Speaker, Hon Dogara put it to a vote, the legislators kicked against it.
He said, “The amendment to the CCB Act was an error and unconstitutional. Sometimes some things slip through the cracks. That is why I brought a motion to debate it again when I discovered the error. It is unconstitutional. It is not going to see the light of day. It is pertinently unconstitutional.”
On the issue of the suspended former Appropriation Committee Chairman, Abdulmumin Jibrin, Gbajabiamila explained that the House took the necessary steps against him because he went against the ethics of the House.
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