Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Senate Summons SGF to Immediately Appear Before it Over Disturbing Comments

The Senate has summoned the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal over the comment he made on constituency project allowance for federal lawmakers.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal
 
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal, has been summoned by the Senate over his comments on the withdrawal of constituency project allowance for federal lawmakers.
 
According to ChannelsTV, the resolve was made after the legislators debated a motion raised by a representative from Edo State, Senator Matthew Urehogide, on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
 
The matter which came under matters of urgent national importance at the floor of the Senate was viewed by lawmakers as an attempt to stop the provision of the dividends of democracy for members of their constituents.
 
They argued that the funds were already captured in the 2016 Budget and needed no further debate. A senator from Ekiti South, Biodun Olujimi, gave his view on the issue and urged public officers to speak with caution.
 
However, another lawmaker from Kebbi North, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, noted that the SGF should not be blamed.
 
After much deliberations on the matter, the Senate summoned Mr Lawal to appear before its Joint Committee on Ethics, Budget and Appropriations. 
 
The upper house directed its committee to get back to the Senate with its report within a week.

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