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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

National Assembly panel walks out NIMASA crew from public listening to

The National Assembly joint committee that is investigating sports of overseas vessel owners within the u . S . On Tuesday walked out the representatives of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency from a public listening to.
The panel threatened to sanction its Director-General,  Dakuku Peterside, if he did not honour the rescheduled assembly with the aid of performing in character.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Contents,  Senator Teslim Folarin,  and his colleague inside the House of Representatives, Legor Idagbo, lamented the choice of Peterside to shun the invitation regardless of several reminders.

The Joint National Assembly Committee on Local Content,  Petroleum Downstream, and Legislative Compliance are currently investigating the breach of Nigerian legal guidelines by using overseas vessel proprietors in the coastal place of the u . S . A ..

Reacting to the refusal of the NIMASA boss to honour the listening to, Folarin puzzled why Peterside, who picked Tuesday as the maximum convenient time to honour the lawmakers’ invitation, having failed to honour preceding appointments, must determine to send representatives.

The chief of the NIMASA team became not allowed to introduce himself before he become asked to give an explanation for his project and on what capacity he changed into acting before the panel.

Having established that Peterside would now not be bodily gift to reply questions from the panel members,  Folarin walked the enterprise’s individuals out.

Folarin said, “It could be very unfortunate that men inside the role of authority might flagrantly shun the invitation of the Senate. I spoke with Peterside about this event. He was alleged to come 3 weeks ago however he didn’t come.

“We rescheduled this event due to him. I known as him and requested him to choose a date and he picked these days, most effective for him to write the Clerk 3 days in the past that the Senate Committee changed into coming to see him.

“This is an investigative listening to which supersedes another engagement. We won’t sit right here and be losing our time. We will supply him one more hazard,  simply one threat. If he did not honour the next invitation,  we realize what to do.”

Also, Idagbo, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Local Content,  even as corroborating the position of Folarin,  berated the behaviour of the NIMASA boss.

He said, “I think we have to feel embarrassment about ourselves as Nigerians. A scenario wherein invites are sent out and all we get are excuses. I’m conscious that Senator Folarin had a communique with the DG of NIMASA and he picked this date.

“The DG went thru his calendar and picked this date handiest for him to ship representatives to us nowadays. This committee’s invitation were given first before that of the House but he selected to ignore us.

“What the DG of NIMASA ought to have carried out is to provide an explanation for to the House Committee that he already had an invitation to an investigative hearing from this joint committee. He should even honour our invitation and nonetheless meet up along with his appointment with the House committee.

“We can not hold like this as a rustic. We sit down on the consolation of our offices and stay largely. We replica what occurs in different international locations yet we fail to do what they do there. We fail to admire constituted authority.

“You human beings (NIMASA) must feel embarrassment about yourselves. How do we move ahead as a country if we preserve like this? What engagement is more crucial than this sort of investigative listening to.  This sort of attitude is unacceptable.”
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