The ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives probing the mismanagement of mass transit scheme across the country has summoned Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, his Trade and Investment counterpart, Doris Uzoka Anite, Accountant General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein as well as the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan to appear before it to explain why the scheme failed to deliver service to Nigerians.
The chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Afam Ogene, representing Ogbaru Federal Constituency, Anambra State, who issued the summon during the resumed public hearing in Abuja on Wednesday identified poor planning, inadequate funding and poor supervision as some of the factors that worked against the scheme.
This is just as the committee threatened to invoke relevant sections of the constitution and the Act of Parliament that give the House the powers to invite any Nigerian or individual living and doing business in Nigeria to compel the invited persons to appear before it.
The lawmaker quoted the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nyesom Wike as saying, “Between 2012 and 2014, we invested N16 billion, under the SURE- P programme” for the mass transit scheme when members of the committee visited him on Tuesday.
He noted that the panel is “Determined to carry this assignment through and ensure that previous monies that have gone out to different private operators of mass transit schemes are recovered and properly accounted for.