The two chambers of the Nigeria National Assembly seem not to be working in agreement. Though it is believed that one is upper and the other lower, the two seem to be disjoined in the execution of their duties to Nigerians.
A few weeks back, the upper house rejected the interim committee defending the budget of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) giving reasons that the interim committee is not recognized by law and that it is only the substantive board which it screened that could appear before it and defend the commission’s budget.
Defending the stand of the senate, a legal luminary, Barrister Onome Oboh in Asaba, also explained that the law setting up the commission does not make provision for an interim committee, insisting that the interim management committee put up by Godswill Akpabio, the minister of Niger Delta, was an aberration.
He noted that the senate was right to have rejected the committee, saying the senate’s rejection of the interim committee was within the ambit of the law. He then said what is needed now was for President Muhammadu Buhari to swear in the substantive committee and allow them to do their job and defend the commission’s budget.
But on Tuesday, the interim committee led by Dr. Joy Nunieh successfully presented the NDDC budget before the House of Representatives despite the position of the senate on the interim committee.
At about 1.am on Wednesday, the committee posted on its facebook page thus: Update: “The Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) led by Dr Joi Nunieh successfully presented the budget of the Commission at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.”