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Senate suspends N300bn contract report

By Emmanuel Aziken

ABUJA—The Senate yesterday indefinitely shelved consideration of the report of its ad-hoc committee which indicted several serving and former ministers of culpability in the misuse of N300 billion in the transportation sector during the immediate past administration.

Senate spokesman, Senator Ayogu Eze denied insinuations of underlying intrigues in the removal of the issue from the Senate agenda at a press conference yesterday.

The report of the Senator Heineken Lokpobiri-led ad-hoc committee was scheduled for consideration yesterday in the notice paper distributed to Senators last Tuesday.

The issue was, however, not on the order paper for yesterday. It was also not on the notice paper for today’s Senate session and is not expected to come up throughout next week when the Senate is expected to be in Enugu for its annual retreat.

The former ministers of works indicted by the Senator Heineken Lokpobiri-led ad-hoc committee include Chief Tony Anenih, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Dr. Obafemi Anibaba and Chief Cornelius Adebayo.

The former ministers of state also indicted by the Senate report are Senator Isaiah Balat, Chief Garba Ali Madaki, Ambassador Aderemi Esan, Alhaji Shehu Saleh and Malam Yahaya Abdulkarim.

The erstwhile Finance Minister, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Mrs. Nennadi Usman,  former Director-General of the Due Process Office, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili were indicted .


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