Senate summons seven MDAs on Buhari N5.01t loans –
The Senate summoned accountants from seven federal ministries, departments and agencies on Wednesday for their failure to defend their contribution to the N5.01trn loans proposed to finance the 2022 budget deficits.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, denounced the non-appearance of the MDAs concerned before the Senate Committee on Foreign Loans and Debt.
Lawan, when issuing the summons for the close of plenary on Wednesday, said if the MDAs did not show up, the Senate would take appropriate and swift action against them.
He said the Senate would not tolerate any act of sabotaging the federal government’s efforts to secure loans to finance the infrastructure development Nigeria so desperately needs.
He said the National Assembly approved the loan request, noting that it was necessary to justify MDA contributions in the request.
He said the MDAs had a week to appear before the committee on loans and external debt.
He listed the ministries to include: the ministries of energy, health, environment, women’s affairs, petroleum resources, water resources and the National Agency for Scientific and Technical Infrastructure.
Lawan said, “There are ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government that should have appeared before the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Loans to defend the demand for debt by the executive arm of government.
“These MDAs did not appear. The Senate views this attitude as a sabotage of the federal government’s efforts to guarantee loans and fund the infrastructure development that this country desperately needs.
“The National Assembly has already approved the loan requests, but clarification is needed.
“We are only giving them one week to appear before the Foreign Loans and Debt Committee, and if they do not appear, we will take the appropriate and swift action as this Senate will not tolerate any sabotage of the efforts of this administration. “
Meanwhile, the Senate adjourned the plenary session to November 9, after passing the 2022 Appropriation Bill for second reading.
Lawan, who announced the adjournment, said it was designed to allow various committees to conduct budget defense for MDAs.
Lawn said the MDA’s defense of the budget would begin on October 18.
He urged committees to be detailed in reviewing MDA budgets.
Also on Wednesday, the President of the Senate reconstituted the leadership of certain committees of the Red Chamber.
He said Sahabi Ya’u would chair the Committee on National Population and National Identity.
The others are: Tokunbo Abiru – (Chairman of the Senate Industry Committee); Saidu Alkali, (President, Trade and Investments); Kabir Barkiya (President, Interparliamentary Affairs).
He also appointed Seriake Dickson as vice chairman of the Home Membership Committee on Appropriations; Biodun Olujimi (member, credits); Tolu Odebiyi (vice-president, maritime transport); and Lekan Mustapha (vice-president INEC).
The others are: Jarigbe Jarigbe (Vice-President, Foreign Affairs); Moses Cleopas (vice-president, national planning and internal affairs); Ibezim Frank (Vice-President, Industry); Lora Dadut (Vice President, Culture and Tourism) and Degi Biobarakuma (Member, Credits)