Adeosun Must Brief On State Of Economy Thursday, Senate Insists

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Ex-Nigeria's minister of finance

By Nuel Suji – The Senate on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction over failure of the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun to appear before it for briefing on the state of the Nation’s economy, ordering her to appear on Thursday unfailing.

Nigeria's minister of finance
Nigeria’s minister of finance

However, the Minister said she was unable to appear before the Senate due to Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting assuring that she would honour the Thursday appointment.

At the Wednesday plenary, Senate leader, Ali Ndume informed Senators that the Minister said she may not be able to come for the briefing today due to FEC meeting holding at the villa.

However the minority leader, Godwill Akpabio in seconding the motion to step down the matter on the appearance of Mrs Adeosun, expressed disatisfaction with the absence of the Minister.

He wondered why she did not remember that the FEC meeting would take place on Wednesday when she assured the Senate on Tuesday of her appearance.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki remarked that the comments made by the minority leader were very pertinent as regards the failure of the Minister to appear.

He therefore, ordered that the Minister must unfailingly appear before the Senate on the state of the Nation’s economy tomorrow (Thursday).

“The Minister must unfailingly appear before us today before we proceed on long recess because the issue at stake centres on monetary and fiscal policies being adopted by the federal government to salvage the current economic situation.

“As remarked by the Minority leader, the Minister shouldn’t have assured the Senate of her appearance on a day she knows that FEC meetings take place. She must definitely appear tomorrow (today) , so as to brief us on what and what measures or strategies being taken to remedy the economic problems at hand”, he said.

It would be recalled that the Senate hosted the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele in session on Tuesday for similar briefing after which it declared that Nigerians are indeed in pains on account of declining economic fortunes of the country.

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