Senate to ignore Akpabio’s interim committee

The Senate has mandated its committee on Niger Delta to work with the newly approved board when considering the 2019 and 2020 budget of the Niger Delta Development Commission and not the interim committee inaugurated by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, gave the directive during plenary on Thursday.

“Let me reiterate that you deal with the governing board that this Senate approved,” he said as he directed the committee to consider the request of President Muhammadu Buhari and report back in two weeks.

Mr Buhari had written to the Senate on Tuesday seeking the consideration and passage of the commission’s 2019 and 2020 budget.

The Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, however, urged the president to immediately inaugurate the…

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