Reps Committee relocates to Lagos to probe NPA alleged debts

The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives said it is temporarily relocating to Lagos to launch investigation into an alleged indebtedness to the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).

The Committee Chairman, Wole Oke, who made this known, said the idea of temporary relocation was informed by the need to take the investigation close to the NPA.

Oke said “The parliament will move the hearing to Lagos where all parties will meet with us between December 8 and 9. We hope to resolve this issue once and for all. $800 million is not small money.”

In a related development, the committee said it has also commenced probe of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) for failing to employ new staff after requesting and receiving budgetary allocation for the exercise.

The committee accused the agency of lying to the government and the parliament about the employment, denying other agencies of government money that could have been used for other purposes.

The investigation followed an audit query by the office of the Auditor-General of the federation.

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