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The National Assembly Won’t Cover Up For Any Budget Shortcoming- Ashafa

Posted: Feb 15, 2016 at 6:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Chinyere Abiaziem, Lagos
The Senator representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, Gbenga Ashafa has revealed that the National Assembly will not cover up any short comings as far as the national budget is concerned.


Ashafa said this last weekend during the annual inter denominational divine service (IDDS) of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) themed “Great Faith The Antidote To Helplessness.”


“The national assembly will not in any way want to cover up for shortcomings as far as the budget is concerned. They will probably represent it in a format that everybody will see the transparency, there won’t be any hidden figures and Nigerians will get the best in this first year of the change of mantra.


“We have been prepared, everybody has to tighten his own seat belt but again you have to know how the country is going to move forward in terms of economic growth. That will be addressed before we say finally that this budget has been passed and good to go,” Ashafa stated.


He further appealed to Nigerians to be hopeful in seeing that the budget matter ends in their favour and to God’s glory. “Already we are helpless in what is going to happen to the budget but I want to appeal to Nigerians from now to watch for how this matter is going to be closed to the benefits of all Nigerians and to the glory of the Almighty,” he noted.


Hinting on the relevance of IDDS to Christians in the state, he said it is an opportunity for us to pray and get advice on how to be better citizens.


“I particularly come every year for the service which I call festival because it is a festival of prayer. It is a programme that opens our eyes to what has happened in the past, what is happening now and what is likely to happen next year. We are joined together in prayers and are advised on how to be good citizens,” he said.


Speaking at the service as the guest speaker, His Eminence, Elder (Professor) Joseph Otubu, General Evangelist Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Worldwide (MCCSW), lamented how the word – looters have gained popularity and urged Christians to shun dishonesty, pride and all forms of corruption.


“There is a new word now in the nation’s dictionary called looters. We cannot allow the word looters to enter into Christian homes; Christianity is about honesty, integrity and humility.


“I call on Christians in particular, to rise against the anti corruption war, because if you fight corruption and recover from it we can give it to the poor. I give tribute to CAN Lagos for taking the lead in the war against corruption; all of us must join in the fight.


“People have the responsibility to fear God and serve him in the jobs they are doing, you will not leave your job but you will rise for your salvation at your place of work.  There must be genuine repentance so that we will return to what is right. The police man must do what is right likewise the tax collector. The doctor if they know they are called for humanitarian work should go back and do so. As a civil servant you must have conscience and go back to your office and begin to do what is right,” Otubu stated.


Giving his comment, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, the State’s CAN Chairman reiterated that the leadership of the chapter will always stand for the truth and support the ongoing anti corruption war. In his words: “From day one I have being at the forefront of the war against corruption even before the Lord called me to where I am today as the Chairman of CAN. Every nation that is great strives on the rule of law. We encourage the president to move on and go after those who have looted, get hold of them and put them to where they are.”


Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode who was represented by honourable (Mrs.) Lola Akande, Commissioner for Home Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, expressed delight over the IDDS initiative.


Her remark went thus: “I’m quite delighted to be at the service which holds as one of the major Christian activities where Christians come together to pray for private and government institutions. As it always draws Nigerian Christians together irrespective of languages, I commend CAN for the initiative and encourage other religions to also follow suit.”