Senate may force Marwa, Monguno to appear over N3b, N467m queries
• Confirms EFCC board nominees, passes tertiary hospital development fund bill
• Buhari requests approval for nomination of Yusuf as Chief Judge, FCT High Court
The Senate, yesterday, vowed it would force the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gen. Muhammad Buba Marwa (rtd) and National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, to appear before its Committee on Public Accounts.
It said the NDLEA has a total of 11 queries totaling N467 million while the Office of the National Security Adviser is expected to address the issue of illegally diverting N3 billion meant for the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) to acquire vehicles for military officers.
Angry at the refusal of both to appear before the Public Accounts Committee, the Chairman, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, vowed that the National Assembly would use every constitutional means to achieve the purpose.
“We don’t have reverence for personalities. Nobody is bigger than us. We advice them, in their best interest, to appear. We are warning them for the last time,” he said.
The Senate also confirmed the appointment of five nominees as members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Board, even as it passed the Tertiary Hospital Development Fund (Establishment) Bill, 2021.
Confirmation of the board members followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes at the plenary session presided by Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege.
Recall that the Senate received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari on September 21, 2021, to confirm the appointments of the Secretary and Board members of the EFCC.
The request was contained in a letter, dated September 17, and read during plenary, yesterday, by Senate President Ahmad Lawan.
Buhari explained that the request for the confirmation of the nominees was in accordance with the provision of Section 2(1) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004.
Those confirmed are George Abang Ekungu, Secretary (Cross River); Luqman Muhammed (Edo); Anumba Adaeze (Enugu); Kola Raheem Adesina (Kwara); and Yahaya Muhammad (Yobe).
The passage of the Tertiary Hospital Development Fund (Establishment) Bill, 2021 followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe, in his presentation, said the bill seeks to establish the Tertiary Hospital Development Fund for the rehabilitation, restoration and consolidation of tertiary healthcare in Nigeria.
Also, Buhari asked the Senate to confirm Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf as Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The request was contained in a letter dated October 4, 2021, and read during the start of the plenary by Omo-Agege.
Two bills to amend the River Basin Development Authority Act 2004, and establish the Federal College of Education, Idare, Ondo State, also scaled second reading.