Rights group tack­les Nasarawa govt on sub­ven­tion dis­clo­sures

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

The Civil So­ci­ety Net­work against Cor­rup­tion (CSNAC) is ask­ing a High Court sit­ting in Lafia, Nasarawa state to com­pel the govern­ment to dis­close in­for­ma­tion on sub­ven­tions and al­lowances to the leg­is­la­tors of its House of As­sem­bly.

The le­gal step by CSNAC, a coali­tion of over 150 an­ticor­rup­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions fol­lowed the fail­ure of the Speaker of the state House of As­sem­bly to re­spond to its re­quest is­sued by the chair­man of the coali­tion, Mr. Olan­re­waju Su­raju de­mand­ing for the in­for­ma­tion.

The de­fen­dants are the Speaker of the Nasarawa state House of As­sem­bly and the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice, Nasarawa state.

Ac­cord­ing to the group, a let­ter was writ­ten to the Gover­nor of the state on Septem­ber 9, 2013 re­quest­ing for the of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion on pay­ment for new State House of As­sem­bly com­plex. The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Govern­ment House Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Us­man I. Abu on Oc­to­ber 29 2013 replied par­tially but di­rected the coali­tion to seek fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from the house of as­sem­bly.

Mr. Su­raju on be­half of CSNAC on Novem­ber 13, 2013 wrote the Speaker of the house for the of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion on sub­ven­tions and al­lowances of the house mem­bers, it said.

The Clerk of the House Ego Maik­effi Abashe wrote that ‘’ the in­for­ma­tion can­not be re­leased to the plain­tiff ow­ing to the fact that the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crime Com­mis­sion (EFCC) is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter re­gard­ing the said in­for­ma­tion”.

Not sat­is­fied with this re­ply, the group headed to court to seek an or­der com­pelling the leg­is­la­tors to re­lease the in­for­ma­tion to­gether with an or­der for N1mil­lion gen­eral

Ag­grieved mem­bers of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress, So­molu Lo­cal Govern­ment Area, protest­ing over the party’s ward congress at La­gos House of As­sem­bly in Ikeja yes­ter­day.

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