Dog­ara re­places Jib­rin as ap­pro­pri­a­tion c’tee chair

Daily Trust - - NEWS -

By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Yakubu Dog­ara, yes­ter­day named Rep Mustapha Bala Dawaki (APC, Kano) as the new chair­man of the Com­mit­tee on Ap­pro­pri­a­tion af­ter an­nounc­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Ab­dul­mu­min Jib­rin.

Jib­rin was ap­pointed the ap­pro­pri­a­tion com­mit­tee chair along with 95 other com­mit­tees’ chair­men on Oc­to­ber 21, 2015.

How­ever, at yes­ter­day’s ple­nary, Dog­ara said Jib­rin de­cided to re­sign due to pres­sures on the job.

Jib­rin was said to have been re­warded with the ap­pro­pri­a­tion com­mit­tee for his role in the emer­gence of Dog­ara as speaker on June 9 last year. He nom­i­nated Dog­ara for the speaker’s po­si­tion.

The law­maker got en­meshed in the con­tro­versy that trailed the 2016 bud­get, where he re­port­edly al­lo­cated N4.3 bil­lion projects to his Kiru/Be­beji Fed­eral Con­stituency of Kano State. Con­se­quently, his col­leagues de­manded his res­ig­na­tion, but Dog­ara re­port­edly shielded him.

Jib­rin later told jour­nal­ists that he re­signed out of his own vo­li­tion, adding that he had to go in view of the hap­pen­ings in the House.

“I went to the cham­ber and ap­proached the speaker that af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with my fam­ily, I will no longer be avail­able to serve as chair­man of ap­pro­pri­a­tion com­mit­tee. I take re­spon­si­bil­ity for ev­ery­thing.

“I wasn’t forced to re­sign... But if any­body tells you I was forced to re­sign, then he has the re­spon­si­bil­ity to tell you why.”

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