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Lawan, call off your goons; leave agencies alone —Group


A group, National Association of Unemployed Graduates has warned the National Assembly under the leadership of Senator Ahmad Lawan to steer clear of the activities of other agencies and parastatals and allow the to function properly.

The group made the call in a press statement signed by its Chairman, Mr. Friday George and made available to ElombahNews.

In the statement titled “Call Your Committees To Order“, the association drew the attention of Senator Lawan to the encroachment by certain Senate Committees.

The association said it closely monitored the activities of some committees setup by the National Assembly under the leadership of Senator Ahmad Lawan.

The statement recalled the following

  • Senate committee that oversees the activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) constantly bullied the staff and leadership of the agency

“It got so messy that at some point a top executive of the NDDC exposed names of National Assembly members who are beneficiaries of the alleged corruption carried out in the past.

“It is an open secret that majority of the National Assembly members are contractors in the NDDC and other government agencies/ministries,” the association said.

  • Recently the Minister of State for Labor and Productivity, Barrister Festus Keyamo (SAN), complained that the members of the committee were pressurizing him over the selection process of the workers engaged in all the 774 Local Government Areas.

“The workers were engaged to coordinate the process of employing 774,000 Nigerians. This task is the sole task of the executive,” the statement read.

Yet, the Senate have been indicted in the following:

  1. The National Assembly lifted its budget from 150 Billion Naira to 190 Billion Naira
  2. The National Assembly uses many months to carry out functions that should normally take a couple of days
  3. Committees in the National Assembly engage numerous consultants to carry out tasks a single individual can handle, all with no arm of government interfering.

“The recent conduct of some of these committees is not only irresponsible but an embarrassment to our democracy,” said Mr. George.

The Unemployed Graduates Association noted, meanwhile, that Section 88 of the Nigerian constitution gives the Legislative arm powers to only investigate the activities of government agencies and in no way interfere with how these agencies are run. 

It, therefore, called on the Leadership of the National Assembly to call its members to order, to avoid further embarrassment.

“Members should please focus on their legislative duties and seize to take-over the roles of the executive,” the statement cautioned.

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