By Victor Ernest
The Nigerian Senate on Thursday criticised the country’s Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, for allegedly shunning its invitation to a discussion on the affairs of the agency.
Chairman Senate Committee on Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, Senator Magnus Abe (APC/Rivers South), in a briefing, said it was unacceptable for the minister not to honour the invitation when he was duly invited.
The lawmaker recalled that Fashola and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works were invited in their capacities as heads of the supervising ministry of Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
It’s Senate core mandate
Abe said he was becoming worried by ”the signals” from officials of the Federal Government.
He stated that the National Assembly had the core mandate to invite heads of MDAs for interaction.
He said if there was any reason for Fashola to be absent from the meeting, he should have communicated it to the committee officially, since he was invited as such.
The lawmaker then asked secretary of the committee who was at the briefing whether she received any communication from Fashola. The secretary said no.
She however noted that the invitation sent to Fashola was duly acknowledged.
Abe, while saying the committee would give another date for the minister and the permanent secretary to appear, added, ”In the light of the foregoing, I suggest that we adjourn to give the minister time to come.”
But, he commended the management of FERMA for compiling and furnishing the committee with a comprehensive report of its 2016 capital budget.