Niger State House of Assembly has passed a motion to set up a commission of inquiry to probe the immediate past government in the state even as the state government seems to have dissenting view on the resolution and said it would distract the government.
The House of Assembly through a motion moved by Hon. Mohammed Haruna representing Bida II and seconded by the member representing Lavun, Hon. Isah Mohammed resolved and directed the Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello to set up the commission of inquiry.
In apparent opposition to the motion the Niger State governor through the chief press secretary, Dr Ibraheem Dooba, while reacting to the resolution told newsmen Friday that government did not want to be distracted by such commission.
The motion adopted unanimously by the House of Assembly listed 22 major areas that the governor must set up the commission of inquiry to look into. These include bond projects, Minna City Centre projects, Airport city projects , three arm zone projects as well as the moribund five star hotel Minna among others.
Hon Haruna in the motion noted that the huge expectations of the people that voted the members as their representative has made it necessary for the members to take appropriate steps to correct the empty treasury met in the state.
He said, “The past administration left the state with heavy and unnecessary debt burden just to fill in their personal pocket” while urging the House to act under the power conferred on it by section 128 of the 1999 constitution as amended and in accordance with section 2 of the commission of inquiry law 1989 of Niger state to investigate all activities of the immediate past government with particular reference to the 22 areas listed.
The member representing Gbako Hon Abdullahi Mamagi in his contribution noted that the call was long over due as the APC government could not afford to be like “a new wine in old bottle” by being reluctant to look into past record.