Fashola denies Jonathan’s summons report

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola has denied a report credited to him that the House of Representatives is right to summon President Goodluck Jonathan.

A statement by Fashola’s Special Adviser on Media, Mr Hakeem Bello, said the governor did not mention the name of the President in his address.

Bello said, “It was in the course of speaking on the importance of the legislature in any democracy that he underscored the significance of the oversight functions of that arm of government.

“He gave specific example of Lagos where he usually excuses members of the State Executive Council to respond to the summons of the House of Assembly even on Mondays when the state executive meets.”

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Bello quoted Fashola as saying, “The more we understand that the legislature is a part of government that enables things to happen, that engages with the people, that shares information about development, that queries progress with a view to inspiring better service delivery, the better we would all be.”

According to Bello, Fashola also said when members of the legislature ask questions from the executive, it should be seen that they have the right to ask because they approve budgets.

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