OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has ordered the removal of the Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, as Chairman of the Sugar Road Map Monitoring Committee (SURMIC).
The House thereafter recommended the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, as his replacement.
The decision followed the adoption of the report of an adhoc committee chaired by Olasupo Abiodun Adeola investigating the low concessionary tariff given to companies by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.
It will be recalled that in June 2018, the House indicted the Ministry for the import concession
The committee investigated the tariff regime from 2013 to 2016 as contained in the backward integration policy and laid its report on the 9th of April, 2019 which was considered by the committee of the whole on Wednesday.
The report recommends: “That the Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment be removed as the Chairman of the Sugar Road Map Monitoring Committee (SURMIC);
“(ii) that the Sugar Road Map Monitoring Committee (SURMIC) be moved to the the office of the Vice President with the Committee meeting twice in a year under the chairmanship of the Vice President;
‘(iii) that the Chief Executive Officer of the National Sugar Development Council (N SDC) should retain all his functions as spelt out in the Nigerian Sugar Master Plan (NSMP);
“(iv) that the Sugar Interactive Forum be headed by the Chief Executive of a sugar refining company nominated among themselves;
“(v) that the Nigerian Sugar Master Plan (NSMP) be extended for another five years to the year 2028; (vi) that the relevant agencies Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) re-engineer procedures/Operation to mop up smuggled sugar from warehouses, retail outlets in major urban cities and in the North West region particularly Kano, Kebbi and Sokoto States;
“(vii) that the Federal Government, through the National Council of States and the National Economic Council (NBC) should impress on States land acquisition and minimize community agitators against sugar producing States;
“(viii) that the Federal and State Governments should invest and support provision of infrastructure for sugar producing States.”