The Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian crisis in the North-East, on Tuesday issued a fresh summon to the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF),Mr Babachir Lawal to appear before it on Wednesday March 22.
This was contained in a letter signed by chairman of the committee Sen. Shehu Sani dated March 15, 2017 and addressed to the SGF
According to the letter, Lawal is expected to appear as part of the ongoing investigation into claims that funds earmarked for humanitarian crisis in the North-East were mismanaged.
The letter reads: “The Senate at its sitting on 4th October, 2016, debated on a motion “mounting humanitarian crisis in the north east” after which an ad-hoc committee was constituted.
“The committee was to conduct a public hearing in order to ascertain how much has been released to the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE) and also to ascertain how these funds have been utilized from inception to date.
“The committee was also expected to investigate the diversion of grains and other food items from the Strategic Grain Reserves, NEMA and other sources for the IDPs.
“Consequently, the committee held a three day public hearing between Dec. 6th and 8th 2016, even though some of the invited stakeholders refused to attend.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had in January, written to the Senate and defended the SGF.
Consequent upon that, the President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki mandated the committee to carry out a fresh public hearing and invite relevant stakeholders, including the SGF to defend themselves.