OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives committee on Treaties, Agreements and Protocols Wednesday summoned the Ministers of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and his counterpart in Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed to appear before it on 24 August 2020.
Malami and Ahmed are expected to appear before the Committee alongside the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi and that of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr. Ali Pantami.
The Committee explained that the invitation was sequel to the review and implementation programme of all existing bilateral loan agreements between Nigeria and the Chinese Export-Import Bank and other loans sourced from China to finance the Lagos-Ibadan rail line and other projects.
The invitation was contained in two separate letters dated August 18, 2020 and addressed to the ministers and signed by the chairman of the committee, Mr. Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta).
The letters with reference no: NASS/9HR/CT.102/04 for AGF and NASS/HR/10/CTPA/110/07/095B for finance minister requested for some documents.
Malami is asked of the following: “Official documents of the power of Attorney for signing the loans as prescribed in appendix 3 of the loan agreements, certified official copies of the legal opinion given on all facilities as prescribed in appendix 6 of the loans agreements.”
He is also expected to submit official documents of the power of Attorney for the appointment of the borrowers process agent on all loan agreements as well as official confirmation letter by the appointed borrowers’ process agents prescribed in appendix 8 of the loan agreements.
The Justice Minister will equally provide official copies of Attorney General of the Federation authorisation of the loan agreements.
Mrs. Ahmed has been requested to submit all official certified documents of conditions precedent to the first drawdown of the loan facilities as prescribed in the loan agreements and “official documents of the power of Attorney for signing the loans as prescribed in appendix 3 of the loan agreements.
“Official copies of notices of effectiveness of the loan agreements issued on all the loan facilities as prescribed in appendix 9 of the loan agreements.
“Official certified copies of repayments schedule submitted by Nigeria and accepted by the leader before the effective date of the loan agreements and official copies of the Attorney General of the federation authorization of the loan agreements”.
The committee has suspended for one week to allow lawmakers study documents already submitted by various Ministries, Department of Agencies (MDAs) concerning the loans and contracts in question.