Reps threaten arrest of T.Y Danjuma, TETFUND, boss over failure to appear

Reps threaten arrest of T.Y Danjuma, TETFUND, boss over failure to appear

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts (PAC), on Tuesday threatened to arrest of the National Coordinator of the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNEI), Gen. Theophilus Danjuma and the ‎the Executive Secretary as well as ‎accounting officer of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Mr Abdullahi Bichi if they fail to appear before it next week Tuesday. ‎

Miffed by what they termed, “the deliberate refusal” by the duo to appear before it and defend queries raised by the Auditor General to the Federation (AuGF), members of the committee on Tuesday issued a one week ultimatum within which they must appear before it or risk being arrested by security operatives. ‎

Ruling on the resolution on Tuesday, the Public Account Committee Chairman, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers), described the attitude of some government agencies as “irresponsible”.

His words: “The attitude of some of these agencies is irresponsible particularly now that the fight against corruption is raging and some MDAs will neglect invitation to answer queries raised by AuGF”.‎

“This committee will not hesitate to invoke Sections 88 and 89, particularly Section 89(c) if they fail to appear before us next week Tuesday and based on this, the Secretariat is hereby directed to within the next 24hours send a letter of summon to them with a validly signed acknowledgement”, Chinda ruled.‎

Before the resolution was ruled upon, members of the committee had expressed disappointment at the attitude of most agencies that had appeared before them, saying that “they had nothing to offer”.‎

Rep. Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta) and Rep. Linus Okorie (PDP, Ebonyi), had suggested that agencies that failed to appear should be made to face the full wrath of the law via the provisions of Sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. ‎

Also at the same sitting, the committee directed the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), to furnish it of all Value Added Tax receipts collected between 2009 and 2010 by the Ministry of Communications Technology.

This followed a submission by the ‎Permanent Secretary in the ‎Ministry of Information, Mr Gyar Iseni who claimed that it is difficult for him to answer questions concerning VAT payments on Spectrum allocation to companies.

He said: “Since the Ministry was demerged from Ministry of Information, it became difficult for us to have their details”.

This position prompted the committee to resolve that the Ministry of Communication Technology should appear before it next week Tuesday with all relevant documents as raised by the AuGF’s office. ‎

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