The House of Representatives has threatened to write a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari over the refusal of some agencies of the Federal Government, heads of ministries, and departments to honour their invitations and even shun its summons.
The House Committee on Public Accounts on Wednesday, at its investigative hearing, queried top government officials like the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and some other agencies who refused to honour the invitations extended to them to explain some financial irregularities that have been associated with them and to clarify their records.
Other heads of agencies that were invited alongside include the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) both also failed to appear before the Committee over the sales of some government property.
The Committee was particularly displeased by the ignorance of invitation of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Mele Kyari; Managing Director, Nigerian Port Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman; and the Director-General, Bureau for Public Enterprises, Alex Okoh.
Chairman of the Committee, Wole Oke, at the committee’s sitting on Wednesday told the clerk to send a petition to the President, through the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and the Chief of Staff to the President, informing President Buhari of the refusal by the officials to honour the invitations of the Parliament.
Oke, further said that the President should direct the heads of these agencies to honour the committee’s invitation within seven days.