By Luka Binniyat & By Tordue Salem
ABUJA— The House of Representatives Committee on Defence has summoned the Minister of Defence, Chief Adetokunbo Kayode, SAN, and Finance Minister, Olusegun Aganga, to appear before it tomorrow to explain what they knew about several billions of naira meant for United Nations Peace Keeping operations in Liberia and Dafur, among others.
Also summoned are the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Lamido Sanusi; Managing Director of Unity Bank, Falalu Bello; Director General, Budget Office and Accountant-General Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwabo
The committee is probing how the money had been utilised since 2007 till date. Besides, the Minister of Defence, Kayode, it was learnt, will also answer questions on the disbursement of the capital budget of his ministry for the current fiscal year, among others, just as director general of Defence Industry Company, DICON, is expected to account for his stewardship.
… probe Servicom
ABUJA—The House of Representatives has initiated a probe into the legality of SERVICOM, a service delivery assurance unit.
The lawmakers took the decision after pushing through for second reading, “A Bill for An Act to Establish the Public Service Delivery Office” which is sponsored by Rep. Leo Ogor (PDP/Isoko-Delta).
The Bill seeks the proposed service delivery office to be “charged with the responsibility for executing the public service delivery programme of the Federal Government.”
The sponsor of the legislation while leading the debate, stressed that “the business of monitoring the country’s public service must not be left to an outfit that is illegal or lacks legal backing by the Parliament.
“When you visit most of the public institutions, you realise that there is a SERVICOM office, but the services they offer have no legal backing, so we must allow this Bill to pass so that we can give this service a legal backing.”
The lawmaker said “one of the duties of the agency, if granted will be to fight corruption and ineptitude in public service.”