‘Former Senators, Reps benefited from demolished 572 housing units’
ABOVE: Former Senate President David Mark and Former Rep Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal
Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday disclosed that preliminary investigations into demolished 572 housing units in Abuja revealed that former senators and members of house of Representatives in Committee on FCT benefited from demolished Estate.
It could be recalled that in September 2012, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) demolished 572 housing units situated along Airport road Abuja.
In his opening remarks on the petition written by Falana & Falana Chambers on behalf of minnanuel investment limited, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye (APC, explained that the demolished Estate plots of land were reallocated to Senators and Reps who served in the Seventh Assembly in FCT Committee.
Dino said, ” Our findings have shown that the plots of land were reallocated to members of the FCT committees at the Senate and Reps in last Assembly. It is unfortunate that the members of the committee became the beneficiaries of the plots.
” You destroyed the 572 houses and allocated it to Senators and Reps. This is not acceptable, we will investigate it and we will order the revocation of the lands. The Senators act is criminal and absurd.”
In his reaction, the director of lands of FCDA, Mainasara Babayo confirmed that the plots have been reallocated. He however didn’t mention the names of the beneficiaries.
Presenting the petition before the Committee Earlier on behalf of the petitioners, Barrister Sam Ogala of Falana & Falana Chambers explained to the lawmakers that the 572 housing units were completed before the FCDA demolished it.
Meanwhile, After weeks of Defence sessions at various committees level, consideration of the N6.08 trillion 2016 budget estimates in the senate , has entered the stage of collation of reports of the various committees by the Appropriation committee.
This, according to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje ( APC Gombe Central), was preparatory for the plans by the Upper legislative Chamber to pass the Appropriation Bill in March.
Goje who stated this while updating the Senate on progress made so far on the budget proposal at yesterday’s sitting, said that his Committee had mandated the different sub-committees to make their submissions between yesterday and Tuesday next week.
He appealed to the Chairmen and Vice-chairmen of the Senate standing committees to cooperate with the Appropriations Committee, by ensuring that the Tuesday deadline was met for the submission of their reports.
He said, “Today is the beginning of the submission of reports to us by the various sub-committees. The Appropriations Committee is ready; we are set to start receiving the reports.
“I therefore, urge my colleagues, the Chairmen and Vice-chairmen of the various committees to cooperate with us to ensure that we conclude this exercise within the one week that was stipulated by this Senate.
“This means that the submissions will start today and end next week Tuesday. If we don’t go by the programme, there will be problem of submission of our report. But because of the importance of this budget, it is incumbent that we go by the Programme.
“I want to inform the Senate that the Appropriations Committee is ready to accept the reports. Immediately after my explanation, all the members will go to room 224 where we are ready to start receiving the reports.
“The timetable has been distributed to you and the committees concerned that are supposed to submit their reports as stated in that timetable. So, Mr President, I will like to ask my colleagues, chairmen, vice-chairmen and members of the various committees to cooperate with us to ensure that we conclude this exercise within the one week stipulated by this Senate.
“If we do go by the programme, there would be a problem of submission of our reports. It is therefore, incumbent that we go by the programme during the exercise of receiving our reports within one week to allow us compile the reports and submitting it to this Senate for passing into law”
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