The House of Representatives when it resumes from the Sallah break tomorrow will launch an investigation into the purchase of two armored special purpose vehicles worth N225 million by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, for the Minister of Aviation – Stella Oduah’s personal security.
The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Zakari Mohammed, who made this known on Sunday said the lawmakers would look into the matter especially to ascertain if the funds used to purchase the armored vehicles was appropriated in the ministry’s budget.
“We will see if we were the ones who passed that budget and the purpose the money was meant. Clearly in black and white, I don’t think that name came out during our budget appropriation. Maybe some money was used without National Assembly approval,” Mohammed said.
On the Rivers State House of Assembly fracas which led the House of Representatives to take over its legislative functions, Mr. Mohammed affirmed that the House would still exercise that power as the situation in the state remains unchanged.
His words, “As it is now, the crisis in Rivers is not over yet. All the things that caused the crisis are still there. The House passed a resolution that the Commissioner of Police there, Joseph Mbu, be redeployed immediately because he is partisan in the whole thing, but that has not been done.”
Mr. Mohammed maintained that the House would engage itself in the continuation of constitution amendment process as well as receive the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) report before going for the Christmas break in December.