- The executive arm of the Nigeria government has apologised to the Senate over the appointment of Director General of Lottery Commission
- Ahmed Lawan made this announcement on Thursday, May 18
The fresh battle between the Nigerian Senate and the presidency over the appointment of the director-general of Lottery Commission has come to an end.
House of Assembly leader, Ahmed Lawan raised order 43 over the appointment of the DG of Lottery Commission.
Lawan announced that he has liaised with the executive arm of government and they have tendered a proper apology over the appointment.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Senate criticised President Buhari over the appointment of Lanre Gbajabiamila as the DG of National Lottery Commission.
Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District raised the issue at the Senate on Wednesday, May 17.
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Dino Melaye argued that Gbajabiamila had started discharging his responsibilities as DG in breach of section 8 (1) of the lottery act.
The Senate unanimously agreed to investigate the issue raised by Senator Melaye, but asked Gbajabiamila to step aside as investigations started.
However, Lawan on Thursday said Gbajabiamila erred because he didn't get the correct briefing and thus made a genuine appeal.
The Senate president Bukola Saraki, while speaking on the issue said: "Those eager to resume office must follow due process. We must respect our laws and processes."
The Senate came to a conclusion that the DG should step aside till due process is carried out by the executive arm of the government.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has asked federal government to present the budgets of corporations, agencies and parastatals to the legislature within two weeks.
The Nigerian lawmakers issued the ultimatum at the plenary on Wednesday May 17.
The Senate, following a motion by the Deputy Leader, Bala Na’Allah also resolved that the concerned agencies should stop further spending pending compliance.
Consequently, the Senate barred the affected corporations and parastatals from capital expenditure until their budgets had been passed by the legislature.
NAIJ.com team was on the streets of Lagos and asked Nigerians if President Buhari has taken Nigeria out of recession. Below is what they had to say: