By Adekunle Williams, Ikeja.
The Lagos State House of Assembly has given a two-day ultimatum to the Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure, Mr Kabiru Abdullahi, to appear before it.
The summon followed the commissioner’s refusal to honour previous invitations of the Assembly.
The House issued the order, following a motion moved by the Chairman, House Committee on Waterfront Infrastructure, Assemblyman Wahab Jomoh, at its plenary on Tuesday.
Wahab described as unacceptable, Abdullahi’s intractable refusal to honour the invitations extended to him by his committee.
Jimoh told the lawmakers that the commissioner had always made the committee’s oversight functions difficult with his refusal to honour its invitations and present the needed documents.
He said: “It will be noted that it is this House that approved his appointment but the commissioner has refused to submit the mid-year budget report for review and appraisal.
“Currently, the ministry has been invited but as I am talking, the commissioner has refused to honour the invitation.
“I want to suggest that my committee be made to carry out a comprehensive investigation, while the House should also place on hold the confirmation of his appointment, pending when the investigation is concluded.”
Supporting him, another lawmaker, Assemblyman Bisi Yusuff, noted that the legislature was the most important arm of government in a democracy and, as such, must be respected.
Commenting, Assemblyman Adewale Temitope, noted that the primary responsibility of the House, beyond people’s representation, was oversight.
He said that the commissioner should be made to appear to defend why he did not honour previous invitations.
In his contribution, Assemblyman Abiodun Tobun urged the Assembly to allow a full-scale investigation into the commissioner’s activities in office for treating the House with levity.
His positions were supported by Assemblymen Adedamola Kasunmu, Sa’ad Olumo and Victor Akande.
In his ruling, the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Olalekan Onafeko, to write to the commissioner to appear with all necessary documents on Thursday.
“I have listened to your submissions and I want to appeal to the chairman and the committee members to sheathe their anger on him.
“We should give him another opportunity to appear before you on Thursday, unfailingly.
“The commissioner should also appear with all necessary documents,” Obasa said.