Senate summons SGF over constituency projects
The Senate yesterday summoned the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir David Lawal, over his comment on the constituency projects of federal lawmakers.
Babachir was summoned following a motion sponsored by Senator Matthew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo South) who cited the Daily Trust edition of June 28 this year where the SGF spoke on constituency projects.
Babachir was quoted in the publication as saying that government might find it very difficult to implement the constituency projects to the latter because MDAs might not find constituency projects as critical to the execution of their mandates and given the dwindling resources.
Moving the motion, Urhoghide said the statement of the SGF showed that the constituency projects would not be implemented.
In his contribution, the Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, cautioned his colleagues, saying the statement didn’t emanate from either the Finance or Budget and National Planning. Some of his colleagues murmured against the statement. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the SGF should appear before the joint committees of Finance, Appropriation and Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions before the end of this week.
From right: Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole; President Muhammadu Buhari; Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization, Dr. Matshidaso; Executive Secretary, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Ado Mohammed and Dr. Pascal Mkanda during the WHO delegate visit to State House Abuja yesterday.