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Sale of Govt houses: Senate indicts Bode George, Ogunlewe, Azazi, others

By Emmanuel Aziken

ABUJA—Erstwhile chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Chief Olabode George was yesterday listed among other notable Nigerians who got Federal Government houses at the expense of deserving civil servants.

Others listed by the Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Development at the public hearing were former Minister of Foreign Affairs and current Nigeria’s Permanent Representatives at the United Nations (UN), Professor Joy Ogwu; former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe; former Chief of Army Staff, General Owoeye Azazi and former Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ibrahim Oghoi, former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral I.I. Ibrahim (retd) and the immediate past Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral B. Adeleke (retd).

The disclosure of the list by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Development, Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah followed  drawn out face off between the Senate committee and the head of the Presidential Implementation Committee on the sale of Federal Government houses and Minister of Housing, Mrs. Grace Ekpiwhere.

While disclosing the names of the notable Nigerians who benefited from the sale of Federal Government houses, Senator Obiorah said the committee in the course of investigations into the sales observed that they obtained the houses without bidding for them as was expected from other Nigerians.


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