Apostle Eugene E. Ogu
SIR: I consult with the controversial resolution by the Nationwide Meeting to droop the employment of 774,000 youths throughout the nation.
The NASS, little question, has constitutional oversight features to make sure that funds budgeted for tasks are usually not solely evenly unfold, however to additionally be sure that these tasks meet up with specs and requirements.
Through the years, most tasks budgeted for roads as Lagos –Benin, Benin – Port Harcourt, Benin – Onitsha, Onitsha – Owerri, Onitsha –Enugu and different federal roads within the north and west, are in sorry states, regardless of being budgeted for severally and underneath NASS oversight features.
The Niger Delta Improvement Fee has been underneath the oversight of NASS through the years, but it’s a house of large corruption.
The forensic audit ordered by the president is being annoyed by the NASS. But, our federal lawmakers need us to imagine they’re genuinely and actually finishing up oversight features.
The startling revelation made by the Interim Administration Committee on how the NDDC has been milked and siphoned by these we elected into workplace calls to query the sincerity of so-called oversight operate of NASS over NDDC.
Additionally, an investigation carried out by World Improvement, supported by Invoice and Melinda Gate Basis, revealed that regionally refined petrol from stolen oil within the bushes in Nigeria is much less polluting than petrol that European refineries export to Nigeria.
The laboratory evaluation discovered that SHELL, ExxonMobil Chevron and different main oil firms in Nigeria extract and export as much as 2,000,000bpd of top quality, low sulphur Bonny gentle crude from the Niger Delta, but little or no of it’s refined in Nigeria as a result of dysfunctional state refineries.
Sadly, 900,000 tons of low grade and poisonous gasoline made in international refineries are offered by government-licenced petrol stations in Port Harcourt and Lagos.
The analysis discovered common petrol offered to Nigerians exceeds the EU air pollution restrict by as a lot as 204 occasions, and 43 occasions extra poisonous than the black market gasoline.
Diesel exceeds the EU sulphur commonplace by 152 occasions and 40 occasions the extent of gasoline. All these are occurring underneath the oversight operate of the Nationwide Meeting.
Using these poisonous petroleum merchandise is claimed to be liable for over 119,000 untimely deaths of Nigerian from air air pollution yearly.
The air high quality in Port Harcourt, Bayelsa, Aba, Onitsha, and Kaduna amongst different cities is claimed to have reached disaster degree, leading to elevated instances of bronchial asthma, lungs, coronary heart, and respiratory illnesses, whereas NASS that claims to be finishing up oversight features on such actions.
The ‘oversight operate’ by the Nationwide Meeting has grow to be a cliché by which it enriches members on the expense of the poor plenty they declare to characterize. There isn’t a trustworthy oversight operate being accomplished.
Nigerians are uninterested in the constant accusations of challenge hijack and interference, budget-padding or funds rearrangements and reallocations, which options them.
Final week’s saga on assembly between the Senate and Home of Representatives’ Joint Committee on Labour and Employment with Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Productiveness over the 774000 jobs is one among such.
These jobs are meant for the poor youths to cushion the impact of poverty and COVID-19, however the conduct of the members underneath the pretense of oversight operate could be very embarrassing, particularly the invitation of the minister to a non-public session.
Many ministers and heads of MDAs have attended such conferences to the detriment of would-be benefiting plenty.
The NASS ought to finish all types of secret conferences on tasks, contracts, and funding amongst others. As Keyamo mentioned, such conferences must be within the public, since it’s known as public listening to. They invited a minister for public listening to after which flip it to secret assembly!
The NASS ought to launch the names of the 15 p.c of the 774,000 jobs allotted to members to make sure they aren’t ghost names.
President Muhammadu Buhari should stand very agency in his battle towards corruption in all of the three arms of presidency, whereas civil society organizations and all well-meaning Nigerians ought to resist all type of secret conferences by NASS when discussing funds allocations for tasks in order to make sure that they aren’t hijacked.
Nigerians should cease watching helpless whereas corruption, which has denied us the dividends of democracy, proceed, as a result of till all of us resist all types of corruption in all tiers of presidency, we are going to proceed to be victims of those oppressors.
Nigeria and Nigerians deserve a greater deal.
- Apostle Eugene E. Ogu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.