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The Senate on Wednesday began an investigation into the alleged plan by the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to secure the release of $35 million domiciled with the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority to finance electricity projects. The lawmakers specifically criticised the ministry for allegedly spending $35 million out of the money on power projects without approval by the National Assembly.
The decision followed the adoption of a motion by Senator Dino Melaye at the plenary on Wednesday, entitled, ‘Monumental Fraud in the Power Sector.’ Granting a prayer of the motion, the Senate mandated its Senate Committees on Power and Public Accounts to invite the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola “to render a detailed account in terms of public funds spent on the Fast Power Projects (Afam Fast Power Project in particular); evidence of feasibility study indicating the viability of the projects; requisite appropriation by the National Assembly as required by the Constitution; and the controversial presidential approval for the projects.”
Another prayer was also granted to mandate same committees “to investigate and consider summoning the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, the Nigerian Electricity Bulk Trading Company, etc., to generally establish the status of the funds and to report back to the Senate within two weeks.” The Senate also unanimously granted the prayer to “direct the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to stop or suspend all attempts or efforts to pressurise NSIA to release the sum of $350m meant for NBET to the ministry for use on the controversial fast power projects.”
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