OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts (PAC) has summoned the Minister of Trade and investment, Mr Adeniyi Adebayo, and the management of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to appear before it on 26 June, 2020.
The summon was sequel to the refusal of SON to honour several invitations to appear and explain why it had failed to render accounts from 2014 to 2019.
Mr. Fredrick Agbedi (PDP, Bayelsa) moved the motion and it was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers at an investigative hearing of the PAC on Tuesday.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Wole Oke (PDP, Osun) said that SON has been given an opportunity to answer audit queries and defend its non-rendition of accounts for the financial years under review.
While ruling on the summon, Oke emphasized that failure to appear on the said date by 11:00a.m will leave the committee with no choice but to invoke the relevant sections of the law.
“SON has refused to render account and even to appear before the committee for an investigation bothering on none rendition of account.
“This agency has repeatedly refused to appear before this parliament; we do not believe that SON is bigger than the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or above the law of the land.
“If they have nothing to hide, they should appear and tell us why they have refused to render account to the Auditor General of the Federation,” he said.