OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Tuesday constituted an ad-hoc committee to examine the procedural breaches of presidential directives by both the Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity and the management of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).
This resolution by the House was sequel to a motion raised at plenary under matters of urgent national importance by Mr. Abejide Adeleke (ADC, Kogi state).
The committee is also to investigate alleged breach in procurement procedures, financial malpractices and malfeasance by these agencies.
Sponsor of the motion, Mr. Adeleke noted that the minister by a letter dated 1 July 2020 signed by him, purportedly conveyed the directive of Mr. President to suspend from office, the entire Management of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) for prima facie infractions on the financial regulation and procurement act.
Mr. Abejide further explained that members of the management committee of the NSlTF were variously and collectively appointed into the position at the pleasure of Mr. President who has approved a laid down procedure for removal of executives of government parastatals.
He reminded the House of a Presidential directive Circular (Ref No: SGF/OP/l.S.3/T/163) of 19th May 2020 issued by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, states that the procedure contained in the circular is a mandatory guide and all ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and any other public officer in similar supervisory position are enjoined to strictly abide by its content.
Citing portions of the circular, the lawmaker pointed that “on no account shall a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria unilaterally or arbitrarily remove a serving Chief Executive Officer without recourse to the procedure contained in the circular”.
Lawmakers in their contributions to the debate condemned the minister over his procedural breach of the presidential directives and accused him of financial mismanagement.
The committee led by Princess Marian Onuoha (APC, Imo) was given one week to complete the assignment and report back to plenary.