Senate Again Recommends SGF’s Prosecution
The Nigerian Senate has again demanded for the prosecution of the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.
He was suspended on April 19 and is being investigated on allegations of corruption.
Lawal is currently on suspension after initial allegations were raised against him by the lawmakers, which now released further reports indicting the man.
At plenary on Wednesday, the committee set up by the Senate to further investigate the allegations against Mr Lawal bordering on the award of contracts expected to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the Northeast, told Senators that the Presidential Initiative on North East PINE flagrantly flouted Procurement Laws in Contract Awards.
The chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North East, Senator Shehu Sani, gave a breakdown of their findings as it relates to the issue.
He spoke on how the Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE) flagrantly flouted Procurement Laws in Contract Awards.
The Senate also recommended that the BPP should evaluate all PINE inflated contracts and insisted that all partially executed contracts should be completed.
The Senate also recommended that out-of-school children in IDP Camps be provided with education facilities.
After the committee gave its report, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki pleased with the findings, said he was "indeed proud of the Senate and the Ad-hoc Committee for the unbiased report despite enormous political pressures".
He added that the quality of the report gives no chance for debate, highlighting that "there is also the need to restore international confidence".
Meanwhile a seperate committee headed by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is also investigating allegations against the suspended SGF and expected to submit its report on Wednesday.