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Senate summons Works Minister, NYSC DG

*Over Anambra road carnage, youth corps member’s death

By  Emmanuel Aziken

Abuja—Two national calamities, the large-scale loss of lives in Anambra State, where no fewer than 70 people reportedly died in a road accident and the dastardly rape of a youth corps member to death in Borno State, flared emotions yesterday, on the floor of the Senate, leading to the summons of key government functionaries in charge of the Works Ministry and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The Minister of Works, Dr. Hassan Lawal and senior officials of the Federal Ministry of Works were ordered to appear before the Senate Committee on Works to explain how they have utilised the 2009 budget for road construction and rehabilitation.

Also, the NYSC Director-General, Brig-Gen. Maharazu Tsiga, was summoned to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the murder of the  youth corp member, Miss Grace Adie, at her duty post in Borno State.

The Senate order given by the President of the Senate, Chief David Mark, was upon the outpouring of emotions on the death of 70 persons, including children on the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway last weekend.

The Senate’s response followed a motion moved by Senator Joy Emodi (PDP, Anambra North) to condole the people and government of Anambra State over the accident.

Presenting the motion yesterday, Emodi noted that the sanctity of lives and properties as provided for in the constitution was being encroached on by the spate of bad roads. “I see this as an impact as a result of someone not doing what he should do, meaning here the Minister of Works,’’ Emodi said.


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