BY G9ija

Five commissioners in Niger State are to appear before the Committees on Finance and Appropriation of the State House of Assembly.

This was the position taken by members of the House on Wednesday at the legislative chamber of the Assembly in Minna, the state capital.

Those asked to appear before the lawmakers were the commissioners of finance, justice, sports, works, and planning.

During the plenary, the lawmakers deliberated on the allegation of misappropriation of funds to the tune of N3 billion purportedly by the commissioners.

A member of the House representing Chanchaga State Constituency, Marafa Guni, had moved the motion which was supported by his colleague from Kontagora I State Constituency, Falalu Bako.

Guni informed the Speaker of the House, Abdullahi Wuse, and others that it was important to have the necessary facts and figures at the disposal of the relevant committees when the commissioners appear before the lawmakers.

He said, “Mr Speaker, the matter of extra-budgetary expenditure is a very sensitive one; this is a matter that has to do with records, facts, and figures.

“This House does not have any meaningful record that we are going to use to crosscheck the claims of the commissioners when they appear, the best they can do is to give us verbal explanations and verbal explanations are insufficient to solve this problem at hand.”