Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
An investigative hearing by the Senate on the alleged management of funds meant for the rehabilitation of the North-East billed to hold on Thursday was botched by the nonappearance of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal.
The Office of the SGF is overseeing the Presidential Initiative on the North-East.
Chairman, Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East, Senator Shehu Sani, at the plenary on Thursday, stated that the panel would pursue its mandate to conclusion, insisting that Lawal and others summoned must appear before it.
Sani said the panel received a letter from Lawal in which the SGF said he had an official engagement with clashed with the date and time of his appearance on Thursday.
Sani said the letter was different from the one in which Lawal said he would not appear before the lawmakers as he had instituted a legal action against the legislature.
He said, “I stand to make some explanations here. I stand as the Chairman of Senate (Ad Hoc) Committee on the Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East. We were scheduled to hold a public hearing today to give a second opportunity to those persons who were either deliberately or conspicuously absent in the first sitting (hearing) we had last year.
“Today, the newspapers were awash with reports that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, has taken us to court to restrain our committee from doing its work. We have yet to receive any court order (originating summon) in that respect, perhaps later. But what we did receive is a letter from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.”
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