It is better to be a king in Nigeria than to be a slave in other country- NCPC
BY OBUTE JAMES
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, has revealed to the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs that lack of proper management of N70 trillion generated in the last 15 years is responsible for the present economic hardship in Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary of NEITI, Waziri Adio said Nigeria did not just got into recession by accident but it was because the country was unable to properly utilized the funds generated during the oil boom in the last 15 years.
The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs led by Senator Tijani Kaura (Chairman), Senator Sulaiman Hunkuyi (Vice Chairman) was on oversight visit to the agency.
Senator Kaura earlier in his remark said the decision to visit the agency was part of the constitutional responsibility of the Senate. He the lawmakers apart from lawmaking including power to appropriate fund is also saddled with the responsibility of oversight.
Similarly the Vice Chairman of the Committee who is also the Chairman Senate Committee on National Identity and National Population, Senator Hunkuyi said Oversight visit is not to shower blessing on agencies but to enable the Committee see the progress and challenges
He said the releases for capital projects so far is from 48 % and the year has not ended yet.
“This is completely different from what was obtainable in the last 16 Years. About 20 government organizations I have visited in the course of the Oversight visits of the relevant Committees I belong to have up 48% cash backing” Hunkuyi said.
Senate Committee on Federal Character Chairman, Senator Tijani Kaura, Sulaiman Hunkuyi, Vice Chairman and other members of the Committee in group photograph with Executive Secretary of NCPC, Ujah To Ujah.
Another Senator Sulaiman Adokwe who is a member of the committee also said that “though he is a member of PDP, he will confirm that the releases for capital project is very high compared to what happened in the past.”
Similarly, the Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Ujah To Ujah said one of the major challenges of the pilgrimage is abscundment.
Ujah who made this known during the the Senate Committee oversight visit said “Our aim is to propagate what we believe. Pilgrims are expected to live a life that is worthy.”
Senate Committee on Federal Character Chairman, Senator Tijani Kaura, Sulaiman Hunkuyi, Vice Chairman and other members of the Committee in group photograph with Governor of Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele during oversight visit recently.
He said the flag off of this year pilgrimage is Yola. Adamawa State which also have the highest number of Pilgrims this year.
On the problem of abscundment, Ujah said Nigerians should believe on Nigeria. “Two doctors abscunded and were hiding in the village.
” No matter the level of education, you cannot be a Governor or Minister. It is better to be a king in Nigeria than to be a slave in other countries.”
He cited a case of a serving Governor in Nigeria who was “tout a garage boy but got converted and became a minister before being elected as a governor”
The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs earlier asked questions on how the current exchange rate will affect the pilgrimage.