OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives’ ad-hoc committee probing over N2 trillion sum worth abandoned projects contracted by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) since 2000 till date on Tuesday has summoned the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, acting Managing Director, NDDC and its Directors to appear before it on Tuesday next week.
Also invited are former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and past Managing Director of NDDC.
The ad-hoc committee chaired by Mr. Ossai Nicholas Ossai issued the directives during the one day public hearing held in Abuja on Tuesday.
Mr. Ossai said the directive was due to the non-appearance of the individuals and entities at the hearing in spite of invitations sent by the ad-hoc committee.
“We will not tolerate this. The NDDC is not above the National Assembly,” the lawmaker thundered, adding:
“Section 89 of the constitution states that the National Assembly can procure information from any person. And since they refuse to appear, we will invoke sub section 1 (A,B &C) of the country’s constitution which entails summoning of persons involved in the probe.”
Shortly after declaring the hearing was declared open by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, a member of the committee, Mr. Yusuf Buba raised a point of order, notifying the panel of the absence of “critical stakeholders who information are needed from”.
He expressed worries that the committee could do little or nothing without them.
Ossai in response explained that a communication sent in by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Niger Delta, had in similar way blamed their inability to provide the committee with the requested information on failure of the Commission, to fully brief the ministry yet.
In his opening remarks, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Gbajabiamila, who was represented by Deputy Majority Leader, Mr. Peter Akpatason, said while the investigation was not intended to haunt anybody, “the House will frontally face any infraction found in the course of the investigation”.