The Nigerian press has been awash with un-refuted reports of a motion moved in the House of Representatives threatening impeachment proceedings against Mr President if the 2012 Appropriation Act is not implemented up to 100% by September 2012 when the House resumes from recess.
Ordinarily a motion in any of the chambers of the National Assembly demanding proper implementation of the National Budget by the Executive is in the best interest of Nigerians and should be applauded.
However a motion threatening impeachment against the President for not achieving 100% implementation of the Budget by September raises fundamental questions on the quality of representation offered Nigerians. It also underscores the need for capacity building for legislators in our country.
It is common knowledge that Nigeria’s budget is based on revenue which is generated mainly from daily earnings from crude oil for 12 months from January to December. As at September, revenues for three months of the year, October, November and December would not have been earned. At best revenue performance would have been 75%. How can any President achieve 100% budget implementation in September?. There is no where in this world that such a feat can be achieved.
It is my belief that the House will call to order its ill~informed members on such a very unholy and embarrassing mission. The House of Representatives as part of the National Assembly has joint responsibility with the Executive arm of government to ensure proper implementation of the national budget through the oversight function performed by its various Committees.
The House must not portray itself as a blood hound to arm-twist the Executive to do its bidding through impeachment threat but must at all times conduct itself as symbol of the nation’s conscience, truth and the collective aspirations of all Nigerians. Members of the House do not represent themselves only but over 150 million Nigerians in their various constituencies.