Absence of Finance Minister, others stall public hearing on treaties, protocols

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The absence of the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, and officials from the Debt Management Office has stalled the public hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on Treaties and Protocols by one week.

Speaking during the resumption of the hearing on Tuesday, Chairman of the Committee, Nicholas Ossai wondered why the minister and the officials from the Debt Management Office were not in attendance.

Before a motion was moved for the adjournment, Ossai argued that the lawmakers cannot interrogate the agencies in their absence.

He thereafter asked his colleague to deliberate on the matter, suggesting that they adjourn for one week to carry the government officials involved along.

His remarks came after the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, and his colleague from the FCT, Mohammed Musa Bello took turns to introduce themselves.

The two ministers were accompanied to the venue of the hearing by the Permanent Secretaries in the respective ministries.

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