By Gift Chapi Odekina
The Chairman House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC Hon Osai Nicholas Osai on Thursday said that the house will immediately issue a bench warrant of arrest to on the Acting Managing Director, of NDDC and other directors based on the powers confered on the House in Sect 88 of the 1999 Constitution.
Ossai revealed that the Acting Managing Director of the agency Prof. Nelson Braimbriaifa and other directors of the agency had for the third time failed to attend the investigative hearing on all abandoned NDDC projects by the Committee.
Osai who stated this at a press briefing of the Ad-hoc Committee in Abuja added that they have extended invitations to the NDDC officials three times and they failed to appear in all of them.
He submitted that the House view this non-appearance by the NDDC officials as a breach, an obstruction and a slap on the powers of the House to investigate any matter within its legislative purview.
He however informed that the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Mr Godwin Emefiele and other directors of the apex bank who were summoned alongside the NDDC officials had made appearance at the investigative hearing.
He informed that the CBN team had sent in their submissions requested by the Committee for scrutiny and the Committee will work on them and make appropriate recommendation to the House based on its findings
Speaking further on what the Committee will do to ensure compliance, he said that they will extend another invitation to the NDDC helsman and other directors to appear before the Committee on Monday September 23, 2019 unfailing.
He added that failure on the the part of the invited officials to appear before the Committee, the house will take the necessary action.