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But reacting to the matter, Mr. Okafor in an exclusive interview with OrderPaperNG dismissed the allegation and challenged Mrs. Adeyeye to name the member who demanded the bribe.
“I challenge the media to ask her which member of the committee approached her for the welfare, and which welfare is she talking about because our welfare is taken care of by the national assembly and no government agency takes care of our welfare,” he challenged the NAFDAC DG.
He stated that he was moved to speak to OrderPaperNG on the issue in order to clear the air and put the issues in perspectives: “The issue of NAFDAC and the director general, this is the first time I’m speaking to any media outfit on the matter for the simple reason that I feel the job of the committee on Healthcare Services should rather speak for itself in respect to oversight and all that.”
When prodded on what exactly transpired between the NAFDAC DG and his committee during the said oversight, Mr. Okafor narrated thus: “In November ending 2017, the house had adjourned plenary for two weeks to enable committees carry out oversight functions on various agencies. So we made a call to our agencies including NAFDAC. And then NAFDAC had a DG by name Professor Ademola and but shortly after NAFDAC got a new DG, Mrs. Mojisola and I got a call from one of the staff of the agency who informed me that the new DG would like to meet with me.
“So immediately, I convened a meeting of very eminent members like Rita Orji, Nicholas Ossai, Beni Lar and others because that was her first meeting with the committee. In that meeting, she came with her husband, senator (Sola) Adeyeye a current serving senator and the Chief Whip of the Senate and they told us they came to introduce her to us.
“In the course of the meeting, she told us she was not going to be around but we told her she didn’t need to be around that we were fine with the acting DG and more over we were going to speak to the records so her absence didn’t matter. And we ended up going for that oversight and members saw some issues of concern and we then rescheduled to come back a second time. And in the second visit she was around and we tackled those issues out and we left.
“On the issue of funding for oversight, the house has set aside some funds for such activities so why should we request for such support from her like logistics and other support. We didn’t do that and that meeting we had with her in her office was the last meeting we had with her, until two weeks ago when we invited her to appear before the committee to defend the agency’s 2019 budget.
“Of course she did come and made a presentation before the committee and some members of the committee raised concerns on some issues and we took her up on the issues. And her responses were not satisfactory so we took a decision that we would invite her again and the next day she ran to the TV to say all those things she said.
“Well the parliament is in the eye of the storm because this is not the first time an agency of government would make such wild allegations against the parliament. It would not deter us from doing our work.”
According to the committee chairman, “the truth is that nobody asked her for anything and she didn’t give anyone money and nobody would ask her for anything. Some of us have built reputations over the years even before we came to parliament. Check my background, I left Zenith Bank as an assistant manager and I was also Commissioner for Finance in Imo State for four years.
“So it is unfortunate that some lousy employees of government would want to throw dirt at the parliament. Most importantly, I’m glad Nigerians are beginning to know the truth because she’s speaking with two sides of her mouth. One moment she says it is her staff that approached her to say this is the right thing to do, the other moment she says ooh, it is the committee that demanded for bribe.”