Adetunji Ogunyemi, an Economist historian with the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has stated that the executive arm of government does not have the right to usurp the decision of the legislature in setting the expenditure limit of the budget.
Mr Ogunyemi who was a guest on our breakfast show Sunrise Daily further stated that what the executive is proposing for the benchmark is questionable.
Frank Nweke Jnr, the Director General of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) on Thursday said that his group does not support the House of Representatives’ demand to increase the benchmark price of crude oil in the 2013 budget from $75 to $82.
Mr Nweke, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said that the NESG also does not support the “perennial altercation between the legislature and the executive” arms of governments.
“This latest jack-up in the benchmark price for the 2013 budget is ill-advised. When I first got information about this yesterday, I described it as tragic,” he said.
The House of Representatives’ Minority leader, Femi Gbajabiamila on Thursday said the power to decide how the revenue earned by Nigeria is spent is the prerogative of the National Assembly not the executive arm of government.
The lawmaker, who was speaking on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, against the fallout between the presidency and the legislature over the benchmark price of crude oil in the 2013 budget, said pegging the price of crude oil is a way through which the Federal Government short-changes the states.
“There is no issue of benchmark vis-à-vis the constitution. If we decide we want a benchmark so that we can save, that part of the constitution needs to be amended. There is no issue of benchmark as far as I am concern,” Mr Gbajabiamila.
The Minority leader said though the House of Representative is yet to receive the 2013 budget, it would improper to present a fresh budget when previous one is yet to be implemented.
“The position of the House is very simple. You don’t jump from one to the other without care of the one that comes before. Again, it is very tardy to present a budget when there is a 2012 Budget that is pending,” he said.
A budget expert, Emeka Ejikonye on Thursday said what Nigerians generally refers to a budgeting is mere fiscal policy making activities.
Mr Ejikonye, who was speaking on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, against the fallout between the presidency and the legislature over the benchmark price of crude oil in the 2013 budget, said until the Nigerian government “start doing budgeting, Eldorado will continue to elude us.”
Constitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Robert Clarke has described Nigeria’s system of government as a civil form of government and not a democratic system of government.
Mr Clarke, made this know while evaluating Nigeria after its 52years of independence, stating that having experienced all the various system of government practiced by the country since, 1960, the current manner of government is the worst since the history of the country came into being and since the advent of democracy in 1999.
Clarke, who was speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said “I have seen it pre-independence governance, I have seen first independence governance, I have seen military governance, I have seen the second republic governance and I am seeing now the so called third republic governance”.
Having a clear view of what the governance road has been before the Union Jack was lowered till now, the legal luminary said “I can assure you from my own experience, this is the worst since 1999, and this is the worst system of governance we have”.
He took a swipe at the president saying “I can assure you he (President Jonathan) cannot name twenty of his minsters off head”.
He also accused ministers and governors of having a long thread of aides that are paid for doing nothing with tax payers’ money.
Mr Clarke said the system of government being run in Nigeria is nowhere close to a democracy.
He said “Look let’s not deceive ourselves, we have no democracy in Nigeria, what we are running today in Nigeria is a civil form of government”.
He went further to explain what a true democracy is positing that it is “the entrenchment of institution”.
He said the institutions in Nigeria lack the autonomy to operate on their own, a trend he traced to Obasanjo’s civilian government that began in 1999.
“The police is still subservient to the governor, subservient to the president. The EFCC is still subservient to this..we have not entrenched the institutions we have to make them independent so that we can feel the effect of democracy”.
Austin Tam-George, a former lecturer of the University of Cape Town, South Africa and now a lecturer at the Pan African University commented on democracy day as President Goodluck Jonathan gave his speech to celebrate his first year in office.
The president honoured the Late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola by renaming the University of Lagos after him, a decision that that sparked protest among the students of the institution.
Mr Tam-George said the administration of President Jonathan should work towards justifying the promises it made to Nigerians while hustling for the seat of the Presidency.
Bayo Rotimi; a market analyst was in the studio joining the Sunrise Daily crew on our breakfast show to discuss the Capital Market Probe which entered its second day of proceedings.
Bayo Rotimi in his opinion said going back to the origins may be a solution to all the issues surrounding the collapse of the capital market when asked by our main anchor Chamberlain Usoh what he feels about the present probe going on and its effect on the market.