By Onwuka Nzeshi
The House of Representatives Friday held a special session on the $3million bribery scandal rocking it and suspended Hon. Farouk Lawan as Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Monitoring Subsidy Regime.
Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Hon John Enoh has been named as the new Chairman of the AdHoc Committee for the purpose of concluding the investigations into the fuel subsidy.
In a unanimous resolution Friday, the lower chamber of the National Assembly pledged its support for the investigations already being undertaken by the Police and anti-corruption agencies.
The resolution came on the heels of a motion sponsored by the Chief Whip of the House, Hon Isiaka Bawa expressing concern on the bribery allegation.
Lawan has also been stripped of his position as Chairman of the House Committee on Education pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation into the bribery allegations.
The lawmakers however resolved to revalidate the subsidy probe report, insisting that the bribery allegation must not be an excuse to dump the report.
“We urge the President and all security and anti-graft agencies to proceed with the implementation of the House Resolution on the fuel subsidy regime investigation report already communicated to them; mandate all relevant Standing Committees with jurisdiction on petroleum sector, including the Committee on Legislative Compliance, to monitor and ensure full implementation of the report."