Senate summons CBN governor, finance and defense ministers over unapproved $162m

Senate summons CBN governor, finance and defense ministers over unapproved $162m

- The sum of $162 million was reportedly withdrawn from the federation account for the purchase of helicopters without the National Assembly's approval

- Three key federal government officials have been summoned by the Senate to give explanation on the issue

- he matter to the Senate committee on appropriations to report back in a week

The Nigerian Senate has summoned three key federal government officials to provide explanation on a critical issue.

The officials summoned are the minister of defence, Brigadier-General Masur Dan Ali; the CBN governor, Godwin Emiefiele; and minister of fiance, Kemi Adeosun.

The summon is due to the news that $16 million was withdrawn from the federation account to buy helicopters without the approval of the National Assembly.

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The issue was brought to the Senate by Senator Sam Anyanwu (PDP, Imo) who cited Order 43, and made reference to section 80, 2 and 3 of the Constitution.

He informed the Senate that in March 2018 $162million was withdrawn to buy helicopters without the approval of the National Assembly.

Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, who is presiding over the Senate today, Tuesday, April 17, referred the matter to the Senate committee on appropriations to report back in a week.

Meanwhile, Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe) has dismissed the social investment programme of the federal government tagged - N-Power, as a failure.

In a series of tweets by the senator seen by NAIJ.com on Friday, April 6, Goje said many people are complaining that they have not seen impact of the programme considering the magnitude of funds involved.

His words: “I am from Gombe, I represent Gombe Central. I am yet to see one single boy who came to tell me that he has benefited from his N500 billion. Many other Nigerians are saying the same thing. N500 billion for 36 states is about N13 billion. If we spend N13 billion in one year in Gombe state, there is no way I would not have known, other people will also know."

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Source: Naija.ng

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