OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives’ ad-hoc committee probing into data collection, processes, maintenance and usage by Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has threatened to issue a bench warrant of arrest on its acting chairman, Shettima Abba-Gana for failing to honour its invitation.
Chairman of the House adhoc committee, Mark Gbillah (PDP, Benue), while issuing the threat at the hearing organised on Tuesday in Abuja explained that Shettima’s non appearance at the hearing shows that he does not respect the constitution of the country.
According to Gbillah, the RMAFC had earlier written requesting for the removal of the ad-hoc committee chairman carrying out the probe in order not for the commission be investigated.
The House ad-hoc committee says it has been calling for the proper assessment of documents regarding data collection processes, maintenance in the disbursement of revenue to states.
At the hearing only Bauchi, Benue and Plateau States were in attendance out of 36 States representatives expected while for key stakeholders, only the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) showed up.
Members of the ad-hoc committee were dismayed at this.
“While we are working, some institutions are not really ready to work for the country to be great again. The non support to the federal government by stakeholders is a sabotage”, a member of the ad-hoc committee, Usman Muhammad said.
Responding to the committee, Benue State commissioner of Finance and Economics Planning, David Olofu said the revenue sharing formula is lopsided.
Olofu advised that it should be properly looked into to avoid crisis in the country.
The representatives of the three States present at the hearing admitted that the indices approved in 2013 has since been in use for the sharing formula.