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Reps flay Jonathan over 5 new special advisers

By Luka Binniyat

ABUJA—Acting  President, Jonathan Goodluck yesterday enraged the House of Representatives over what it considered a “slight on its integrity” when he failed to write the Green Chamber on the appointment of his five new Special Advisers.

The Reps cited section 151 (1) of the 1999 constitution as empowering the two chambers of the National Assembly to receive in writing such appointments, seeking for their confirmation, remuneration and allowances

But, the President only wrote the Senate for confirmation of the number of the new Special Advisers ignoring the House of Representatives.

However at yesterday’s plenary session, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Tunde Akogun (PDP/Edo) moved a motion, on, “Appointment, Remuneration and Allowances of Special Advisers” even without a formal letter from the Acting President.

Meanwhile, the Reps  yesterday fixed today for hearing on a motion moved by Hon. Dino Melaye (PDP/Kogi) seeking to unravel the whereabouts of N200 billion agricultural loan released to the Ministry of Agriculture and Water resources last October.

The loan, according to Dino, was released to the Ministry by the Central Bank of Nigeria having been appropriated for in the 2009 budget as soft loans to farmers to  boost mechanised farming in the country.

On the Special Advisers,  Hon. Ita Enang (PDP/Akwa Ibom) raised a Point-of-Order, pointing out that the President has breached the law by not writing to the Reps seeking for approval and confirmation of the five Special Advisers, whose identities are yet to be revealed


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