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LIFE Service: NDDC foreshadows other probes at NASS this week

OrderPaperToday – Most activities at the National Assembly this week will come from probes conducted by standing and ad-hoc committees of both chambers.

More on NDDC…

Investigation into the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) remains at the front burner as a report from the two-day drama-tensed investigative hearing held last week will be laid and possibly considered in the Senate.

Officials of the Commission are also expected to appear before a committee of the House of Representatives on basically same issue of the auditor-general’s report.

Finally, the true situation of things regarding allegations of misappropriation of N40 billion by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC might be unveiled this week through a report to be laid and possibly considered in the Senate

This was after concerned parties were invited for an investigative hearing by the ad-hoc committee probing the matter.

It is worthy to note that this particular has caused friction between federal parliamentarians and officials of the NDDC and the supervising Minster of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.

Similarly, in the House of Representatives, the acting Managing Director of the Commission is expected to reappear before the Committee on Public Accounts on Monday over queries raised by the Auditor General’s Office in respect to checks carried out between 2008 to 2012 which showed several billions naira were paid to contractors without any commensurate work on ground.

The Committee also frowned at the Commission for not doing enough to punish defaulters or recover the monies paid to contractors who neither mobilized to site or worked according to the money received.

A new twist to 774,000 jobs tango…

Following a rancorous session that ensued between the Minister of State for Labour, Employment and productivity, Festus Keyamo and federal lawmakers over allegations of hijacking slots, the Senior Minister, Chris Ngige appeared at the red chamber and apologised.

Ngige apologized on behalf of the ministry when he appeared before Senators last week.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, took the opportunity to order a fresh start of the programme while Keyamo continued to resist and announced he would report the matter to President Muhammadu Buhari for further directives.

The Senate Committee on Labour and Productivity charged with this matter after the meeting with Ngige, instructed that concerned parties appear before it on Monday.

Power sector investigations…

Since the report on privatisation of power was not presented in the previous week in the Senate, it will likely be done this week.

The Senate committee on power was tasked to carry out on investigative hearing on N1.8trillion federal interventions in the power sector since its privatization from 2012 and invitation of several relevant stakeholders.

The hearing has since been concluded with the Chairman of the Committee, Gabriel Suswam (PDP, Benue) informed that Government’s Ministries, Departments, and Agencies are owing Distribution Companies N98 billion. He also pointed out that insolvency is the cause of the country’s deteriorating power sector.

Also in the green chamber, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele and the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris were summoned by the Chairman Committee on Power, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa (APC, Kano) who gave this directive on the second day of the investigative public hearing on sundry issues in the sector.

Screening of ambassadorial nominees…

In a letter read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan two weeks ago, President Muhammadu Buhari sent 42 names for confirmation as non-career ambassadors designate.

It was referred last week to the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. A session to screen the nominees will likely be conducted this week.

Education minister and school reopening…

The House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services might be left with no other choice than to summon the Minister of Education on his refusal to reopen schools to allow only persons preparing for the West African Examination Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to sit for their exams.

Already the Committee has distance itself from the current decision made by the Minister not to reopen schools again which intending WASSCE students are likely to be affected because the exams holds across the West African States simultaneously.


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