Senate At Fault Over Arms Deal – Saraki

Bukola Saraki

Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday said the ongoing investigation and trial of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, could have been prevented if members of the National Assembly had done their oversight functions well.

The Senate President said this while summing up contributions on a motion on abandoned projects in the country. He noted that the rot being uncovered in the office of the former NSA would have been exposed if members of the National Assembly did not shy away from their oversight functions.

He described as mind boggling revelations coming from the ONSA. He said this had brought the oversight function of the National Assembly to question. He, therefore, tasked the lawmakers over immediate change of attitude by Senate committees on their oversight functions.

“Distinguished colleagues, I want to thank you very much for your contributions that we have all added today but really, distinguished colleagues, I think we have shied away today from one of the main reasons (for abandoned projects) because some of the projects are duly appropriated in the budget and embarked upon by various ministries and agencies.

“The motion whether we like it or not is a partial indictment on us in the National Assembly and we must accept that because these projects that we are talking about under Section 88 of the Constitution, 1(a) (b) is our responsibility to oversight these projects to ensure they are not abandoned and to ensure that the funds appropriated are properly used.

“So distinguished colleagues, I want us in this 8th Senate to ensure that our committees carry out proper oversight and we the leadership, we are going to ensure that we too find a way to make sure that committees do their work on oversight because truly that is the bottom line to this,” Saraki said.