Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Irked by the failure of the leaderships of the duo of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to appear before the Senate Committee on Federal Character to defend their 2016 Budgets proposals on Monday, representatives of both the SGF and FRSC were walked out of from the venue by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Tijjani Yahaya Kaura.
Kaura and other members of the Committee did not hide their anger at the absence of the SGF, Babachir David Lawal, and FRSC boss, Boboye Oyeyemi.
While describing the failure of both the SGF and FRSC boss to appear before his Committee as unacceptable, Kaura pointed out that the 2016 Budget defence of their respective establishments before the Committee was all too important to be treated with any amount off levity.
The lawmaker threatened that the 2016 Budget estimates of both establishments would not in the least be subjected to consideration by the Committee, their leaderships did not appear to defend their 2016 Budget proposals.
“I cannot understand why the SGF and the head of the FRSC failed to show up to defend their budgets. That is not acceptable because the budget defense is something that should be taken seriously.
“Until they are prepared to appear themselves to defend their budgets for this year, I’m sorry to say this committee would not entertain representatives,” Kaura said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr. Shettima Bukar Abba, and Acting National Coordinator of Servicom, Mrs. Nnenna Akajemeli, while appearing separately to defend their commissions’ budgets, lamented that the activities of their respective establishments were restricted due to low funding.
According to Abba, official of the federal character relied on the relevant ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government for funding in the course of carrying out monitoring exercises.
He added that the reliance of the commission’s officials on MDAs for financial support in the course of carrying out their duties exposed them to being compromised.
Responding, Kaura assured that the Committee would look into the complaints lodged by the FCC and Servicom with a view to address the issue of under funding raised.