Se­nate sum­mons SGF over con­stituency projects

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

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.

Photo: Felix Onig­binde

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.

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