The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday during Plenary summoned accounting officers of seven Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal government over their non-appearance before the Senate Committee on Loans and Foreign Debts to defend their input in the N5.01tn loans proposed to fund the country’s 2022 budget deficits.
While issuing the summons at the close of plenary, the Senate President said if the MDAs failed to appear, the Senate would take appropriate and prompt actions against them.
The affected MDAs are: the ministries of power, health, environment, women affairs, petroleum resources, water resources and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure.
According to him, the Senate will not tolerate any act of sabotage to the efforts of the Federal Government to secure the loans to fund infrastructure development that Nigeria desperately needed.
He said the National Assembly had approved the loan request, noting that there was need for justification of the inputs of the ministries in the request.
He said the ministries had been given one week to appear before the committee on loan and foreign debt.
Meanwhile, the Senate has adjourned plenary to Nov 9, after it passed the 2022 Appropriation Bill for second reading.
Lawan who announced the adjournment, said it was designed to enable various committees to conduct budget defence for the MDAs.
He added that the budget defence by the MDAs would begin on October 18.
He urged the committees to be detailed in the scrutiny of the budgets of MDAs.
Also on Wednesday, Lawan reconstituted the leadership of some committees of the red chamber.
He said Sahabi Ya’u would chair the Committee on National Population and National Identity.
Others are Tokunbo Abiru – (Chairman, Senate Committee on Industry); Saidu Alkali, (Chairman, Trade and Investments); Kabir Barkiya (Chairman, Inter-parliamentary Affairs).
He also named Seriake Dickson as vice-chairman, interior; member committee on appropriations; Biodun Olujimi (member, appropriations); Tolu Odebiyi (vice-chairman, marine transport); and Lekan Mustapha (vice-chairman, INEC).
The rest are Jarigbe Jarigbe (vice-chairman, foreign affairs); Moses Cleopas (vice-chairman, national planning and internal affairs); Ibezim Frank (vice-chairman, industry); Lora Dadut (vice-chairman, culture and tourism) and Degi Biobarakuma (member, appropriations).