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NASS Exenorates Self From Corruption

Posted: May 11, 2015 at 7:07 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Francis Onoiribholo –  Benin


The leadership of the House of Representatives, weekend,  washed its hands off any indictment by the international community and citizens of the country in the fight against corruption across the various sections and sectors of the economy.

It urged citizens to hold the executive arm of government accountable if the federal government fails to carry out its own responsibility, pointing out that the seventh assembly of the House under Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and his team have steered the ship of the lower chamber of the National Assembly in an open and transparent manner.

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, stated this while fielding questions from newsmen when he led a delegation of members of the House on a condolence visit to the Minority Whip and APC Edo South senatorial candidate during the March 28 general election, Hon. Samson Osagie on the death of his father, late Pa Samson Imariagbe Ogbewe held at Urhokuosa village in Uhunmwode council area of Edo state.

Ihedioha said the legislative arm of government within the period of the seventh assembly had done all the needful it could to expose corruption and therefore all questions about the persistent scourge must be directed to the executive arms of government.

The Deputy speaker however  reassured Nigerians that everything about the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) would be rested this week as copies of the bill had been distributed to the lawmakers to enable them consider clause by clause the bill and to make positive contributions towards the passage of the bill this week.

According to him, “It is most unfair for anybody to indicate that we have not done anything. First, the leadership of the House in the seventh assembly has discharged itself as one that will lead by example and we have led the house transparently, opened our books for any, both for individuals to appreciate how we ran the house most transparently; that is why in the seventh assembly there is no banana peels because we led by example and we opened our books and we ran the house transparently.”