SEC funds: We are not on vendetta mission – Reps
BY OKEY NDIRIBE
The House of Representatives has denied that its refusal to appropriate funds for the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) for the 2013 fiscal year was tantamount to an act of vendetta against the Director-General of SEC, Ms Arunma Oteh.
The position of the federal lawmakers was stated by the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Media, Hon. Afam Ogene while speaking to a group journalists on the activities of the House in 2012.
It would be recalled that the House had earlier adopted a resolution demanding for the sack of the SEC DG on the ground of her allegedly lacking the requisite qualification to head the commission. The House’s resolution has so far been ignored by the Presidency.
Continuing, Hon. Ogene said it was laughable for anybody to suggest that the Green Chamber of the National Assembly’s decision against SEC was an Act of Vendetta against the DG of the institution as a result of the allegations of bribery she earlier levelled against Hon. Herman Hembe, the Chairman of the House Committee on Capital Market.
Hon. Ogene pointed out that the House had already initiated investigations into the activities of SEC before Oteh made her allegations against Hembe.
He asked: “Which one came first??”
” This same House was already having a public hearing on SEC when Oteh made her allegations. That an issue arose midway during an investigation shouldn’t abort a process that was already on-going. During this process, issues had been raised regarding Oteh’s competence; regarding some resources of SEC that were paid into private accounts; issues bordering on corporate governance whereby staffers were recruited from outside the system and issues regarding indecorous working relationship with key commissioners in SEC.
These issues were already on the front burner of the Committee’s discourse before Oteh made her allegations which up till now still remain mere allegations because the parties involved are still in court. So, until Oteh proves her allegations, they remain mere allegations. So the above issues had been established long before Oteh made her allegations.”