OrderPaperToday– The House of Representatives has resolved to interface with the chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission (ICPC) on allegations levelled against members of the National Assembly (NASS) over constituency projects.
Recall that ICPC, which is currently probing constituency projects executed by lawmakers across the country, has accused the members of wasting huge sum on constituency projects running into billions and even declared a member of the House wanted last week.
The decision was adopted sequel to a motion moved by Mr. John Dyegh (APC, Benue).
While leading debate on the matter, Mr. Dyegh cited Daily Trust Newspapers publication of Monday, 16th December, 2019 where the chairman of lCPC accused senators and House of Representatives members of stealing billions meant for constituency projects.
He quoted the ICPC chairman as saying constituency projects contracts were discovered using the same description, same narrative, same amount, same location and awarded by the same agency.
Faulting the report, the Benue lawmaker said “this is capable of pitching the National Assembly members against their constituents and portray us as thieves. This is a deliberate attempt to rubbish and ridicule this Institution and portray it as not having credible persons”.
He continued, “This is capable of destroying the image of the Nigerian Legislature before the International Community and making us lose respect which most of us earned even before coming to the National Assembly.
“I don’t know any court in Nigeria that has passed any judgment on the legislature or its members referring to them as thieves, so the ICPC chairman has no such right. If you say someone stole, you are saying he/she is a thief.”
The motion was passed and referred to committee on ICPC for further legislative input.