• Senate pledges to reflect stakeholders’ views in 2017 budget
• Calls for sack of FERMA boss over poor state of roads
The National Assembly leadership of Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara and others, yesterday left for London on a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, undergoing a medical vacation.
According to National Assembly sources, President Buhari was said to have invited Saraki over to London. But Saraki, the source said, was not willing to undertake the trip alone and therefore reached out to Dogara and others.
The lawmakers were said to have left Abuja yesterday morning and arrived London in the afternoon.
Saraki and Dogara had last week disclosed that they had telephone conversations with Buhari amid speculations about the state of his health.
While Saraki said he spoke with Buhari, Dogara on his part said the president called him and discussed issues affecting the welfare of Nigerians with him.
Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on Appropriations yesterday assured major stakeholders of its commitment to incorporating submissions made by them during its three-day public hearing in the 2017 Appropriation Bill.
The Chairman of the Committee Senator Danjuma Goje disclosed this at the end of the public hearing in Abuja that the submissions made by the stakeholders were very germane to tackling the current economic challenges including recession.
He added that the committee would write a report from about 44 submissions made by over 60 stakeholders, who attended the public hearing.
Meanwhile, for not utilising the N10 billion voted for road rehabilitation across the country, the Senate and House of Representatives’ joint committee on federal roads maintenance yesterday called for the removal of the Acting Managing Director of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Peter Ibu.
The problem for the FERMA Acting MD started when a member of the committee, Magaji Aliyu, representing Birnin Kudu/Buji Federal constituency drew the attention of other members to the non-utilisation of the N10 billion released to FERMA for road rehabilitation across the country last year in spite of poor condition of federal roads generally.
Aliyu blamed the agency for the huge cases of road accidents and deaths on the highways.