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Absence Of Finance Minister, Others Stall Public Hearing On Treaties And Protocols

Terry Ikumi  
Updated August 18, 2020
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Hearing on Treaties and Protocols, Nicholas Ossai has adjourned the public hearing for one week.

 

The absence of the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed and officials from the Debt Management Office have stalled the public hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on Treaties and Protocols by one week.

Speaking during the resumption of the hearing on Tuesday, Chairman of the Committee, Nicholas Ossai wondered why the minister and the officials from the Debt Management Office were not in attendance.

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Before a motion was moved for the adjournment, Ossai argued that the lawmakers cannot interrogate the agencies in their absence.

The FCT Minister, Mohammed Musa Bello, speaks during the House of Representatives public hearing on August 18, 2020, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

 

He thereafter asked his colleague to deliberate on the matter, suggesting that they adjourn for one week to carry the government officials involved along.

His remarks came after the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, and his colleague from the FCT, Mohammed Musa Bello took turns to introduce themselves.

The two ministers were accompanied to the venue of the hearing by the Permanent Secretaries in the respective ministries.

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Hearing on Treaties and Protocols, Nicholas Ossai has adjourned the public hearing for one week.

 

However, unlike Monday’s hearing, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila were not in attendance.