FCT: H/Reps. want Wike, 6 Council chairmen sanctioned for insubordination

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The House of Representatives has called for sanction against the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Nyesom Wike and six Area Council Chairmen over insubordination and disregard for the House.

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A member of the House Committee on FCT Area Council and Ancillary, Rep. Ikonne Ifeanyi, made the demand during the committee’s meeting in Abuja, yesterday.

According to him, it was a show of disrespect and lack of regard for the House that the Minister and his council chairmen refused to appear before the House after they were needed on invitation.

Chairman of the committee, Rep. Fredrick Agbedi, said he viewed the action of the minister and the council chairmen as a breach of their Constitutional responsibilities and a disservice to the people they serve.

He said that the six area council chairmen had not flagged-off, completed or commissioned any project in the area councils, unlike the Minister. “This is appalling considering the huge monthly allocation running into billions of Naira to each of the six area councils in the last one year and beyond”, he declared.

He said the committee would not hesitate to invoke its power to ensure that the area council operate in the best interest of the people.

Also speaking, a member of the committee, Rep. Adesola Adebayo (APC-Lagos), said that the function to oversee the activities of the council areas resides in the House. He said as former council chairman of Apapa local government area in Lagos State, the chairmen should know that they are extensions of the State House.

He stated that no chairman dares not to appear before the State House of Assembly, because they have the power to remove them.

The lawmaker further said that he considered the attitude of the area council chairmen as an affront on the House of Representatives for them to have been invited and they refused to come.

The committee said that the FCT minister and the council chairmen see them as their house boys, saying that such would not be tolerated.

Rep. Nurudeen Abbas (PDP-Oyo), however, suggested that the minister and the council chairmen should be given the last chance. “Let’s communicate with them again, and if they fail to appear again, then we should sanction them”, he stated.

The Rep members thereafter went into a close session to discuss further.

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