By Alex Okoro
OrderPaperToday – Members of the House of Representatives’ Joint Committees on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Telecommunications on Tuesday lambasted the Minister of Communication Technology, Mr. Adebayo Shittu over the suspension of the Director – General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Peter Jack over an alleged misconduct.
The members flayed the minister for denying that he did not receive any summon letter sent to him on the matter.
Shittu in appearing before the joint committee said, “I do not know the reason why I am before this committee, I am blank.” This was even after Chairman of the Joint Committee, Mohammed Onawo had hinted that the essence of the meeting was to look into an alleged injustice done to the DG of NITDA.
Onawo explained that the clerk of the committee had written a detailed letter to the minister which was the reason for his appearance before the committee.
But apart from feigning ignorance over the invitation, the minister went further to ask the Committee to allow him take his leave to enable him attend an international conference taking place at the same time the Committee meeting was scheduled.
This infuriated the committee members who took time one after the other to lambast the minister.
Members of the committee- Wole Oke, Tajudeen Yusuf and others speaking separately expressed displeasure at the minister’s statement saying, “for him to say that he doesn’t know why he is here is an insult to the National Assembly.
“Now Mr. Minister knows why he is here, Mr. Chairman may give him another opportunity to re express himself.
“We will not be part of anything that will undermine the National Assembly,” they said.
The Minister thereafter retracted his earlier statement saying, “I want you to forgive me if there is a misconception.”
The meeting at that point went into a closed door session as journalists were excused.
It would be recalled that last week, House of Representatives had faulted the Minister over the suspension of Mr. Jack over an alleged misconduct.