The House of Representatives warned recalcitrant heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) that were in the habit of turning down its invitation to turn a new leaf, as it turned back the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja.
Maihaja was invited to the investigation of Committee on National Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to explain how he allegedly spent N13b in one month.
Maihaja, who had turned down the Committee?s invitation on three previous times over the issue, was turned back last Friday when he failed to avail the Committee with some finance-related documents when required.
The lawmakers stated that aside being empowered to carry out investigation of MDAs in order to expose corruption and engender good governance; the House was also constitutionally equipped to force the appearance of recalcitrant heads of institutions.
While the DG appeared as requested on the fourth time, the Committee refused to take him on due to the late submission of the documents.
?All the documents requested by the Committee were submitted early, it is only one that is remaining, which is coming late but it will arrive here (meeting) at any moment from now.
?The reason why the document is a bit late is because of the added requests that were included in your letter just yesterday (Wednesday),? he said.
The Jibrin Santumari-led Committee, though adopted the documents, it nonetheless insisted on not taking the DG stating that the members would need to thoroughly scrutinise the documents before he can be taken on.