- The House of Representative describes the reluctance of President Buhari to constitute the national council on privatisation (NCP) board as a violation of the constitution
- Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, says the president breached the law with the appointment of the director-general of the BPE since the law prescribed competitive bidding for the position
- Dogara warns that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government cannot afford to continue to indulge in illegality just because it was the pastime of past governments
The House of Representative has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari for what it described as a breach in the provisions of the constitution.
The caution was issued by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday, April 11, in reaction to the reluctance of President Buhari to constitute the national council on privatisation (NCP) board, the Nation reports.
The lower chamber described the non-constitution as a breach of the constitution.
It therefore urged the president to urgently constitute the council, following the adoption of a motion by Ahmed Yerima (APC, Bauchi), who cited Section 9 (1) and (2) (a)-(j) of the Public Enterprises (Privatisation and Commercialisation) Act that established the NCP, and that provided for its membership.
“Section 12 (1)-(2) and 13 of the Act that established the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), charged it with the responsibility to implement the decision of the Council
“In addition, the decisions on privatisation made in respect of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Airports in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano; re-concession of NIOMCO to GHL and approval of year 2016 and 2017 budgets were made by the BPE without the National Council on Privatisation (NCP)," Ahmed Yerima said.
NAIJ.com learnt that, though House leader, Femi Gbajabiamila argued that the motion was unnecessary since it veered into matters outside it’s prayers, minority leader, Leo Ogor insisted that the constitution must be obeyed irrespective of who is in government.
In reaction, the speaker, Yakubu Dogara said the president breached the law with the appointment of the director-Ggeneral of the BPE since the law prescribed competitive bidding for the position.
He also said since the law was specific on the constitution of the board, it is either the government wants to abide by it or not.
He warned that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government cannot afford to continue to indulge in illegality just because it was the pastime of past governments.
The motion was thereafter adopted by the lawmakers.
The lower chamber also mandated its committee on privatisation and commercialisation to ensure the implementation of the resolution and report back in four weeks for further legislative action.
Meanwhile, suspended lawmaker Abdulmumin Jibrin has raised doubts over the authenticity of the payslips released by Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Jibrin, in series of tweets on his Twitter handle, said the figures released as Dogara’s monthly pay were well below his own as a floor member of the lower house of legislature.
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