Reps to probe presidential panel on arms procurement

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It was gathered that the House of Representatives has mandated its committee on National Security and Intelligence to investigate a committee set up by the Presidency and Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) on arms procurement.

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The resolution followed a motion under matter of urgent public importance by Rep. Chris Azibogu (PDP-Anambra), which was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.

Moving the motion, the legislator said that the committee, set up by the Presidency on Aug. 31, 2015, had failed to submit its report months after the deadline for its assignment.

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“A similar committee was set up by NSA on Oct. 19, 2015 with a similar mandate and has covered more number of companies and submitted its report on Feb. 26, 2016.

“The committee was able to verify more than 300 companies as indicated in the submitted report,’’ he said.

He said the committee’s activities contradicted the Federal Government’s circular which stipulates the remuneration of non-executive committees.

“The circular is titled, ‘’’adherence on the guidelines on remuneration of non-executive and part-time chairmen, members and directors of governing boards of Federal Government parastatals, agencies and commissions’’ of Oct. 9, 2015 and Oct. 23, 2015.

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Azibogu urged ‘’ strict adherence on payment for hotel accommodation for such members and the committee based on the circular’’.

He expressed dismay that the committee was accommodated at the expense of government without any results to show for it.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 13- member committee was set up on Aug. 31, 2015 to investigate the 2.1 billion dollars arms deals involving the former NSA, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki.

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