Chinese loans: Reps probe panel postpones hearing


The House of Representatives has suspended its investigative hearing on Nigeria’s external borrowings, especially borrowings from the Export-Import Bank of China. reported earlier that the House Committee on Treaties, Protocols, and Agreements had summoned several ministers and top officials of the Federal Government to the third hearing on Tuesday.

Those expected at the hearing included the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Pantami; Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari; and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello.

The Minister of the FCT, Mohammed Bello and Minister of Police Affairs, Ali Pantami, had already arrived at the venue of the hearing when the Chairman of the committee, Mr Nicholas Ossai, called for the adjournment of the hearing just after the opening prayers were said.

Ossai gave reason for the adjournment being that the lawmakers needed to scrutinise the documents already presented to it, while the panel would also demand explanations from the Federal Ministry of Justice on the loans and agreements.

The committee, therefore, resolved to adjourn till Tuesday, 25 August 2020.

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