COVID19: Ad-hoc committee not meant to probe deputy governor, Nasarawa Assembly explains

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has said that the six- man Ad-hoc committee set up by the House was to monitor the activities of the State taskforce on COVID19 .

This, the House said explaining that it was not meant to probe the state deputy governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, who is the state chairman of the Task Force on COVID19.

Hon Mohammed Adamu-Omadefu, the Chairman, House Committee on Information stated this while interacting with journalists in his office in Lafia yesterday (Wednesday).

Adamu Omadefu (APC-Keana) said that the House decided to set up the Ad-hoc Committee on COVID19 in order to do an oversight on the activities of the taskforce on COVID19 towards fighting the pandemic in the state.

According to him, “We need to correct the impression in some national dailies and online medium that the Ad-hoc committee was set up to probe the state deputy governor.

“This is not true, hence the need for me to clear the air.

“The Ad-hoc Committee was set up to monitor the activities of the State taskforce on COVID19 towards fighting the pandemic in the State.

“It was set up in the best interest of the State as it was even the State Deputy Governor that has advised the House  to set up the Ad-hoc Committee on COVID19 in order to monitor their activities.

“We woke up this morning reading and seeing some reports in some  national dailies and online that the House has set up the Ad-hoc Committee on COVID-19 to probe the Deputy Governor. This is not the target. Rather it was meant to complement government efforts in the fight against COVID19,” he said.

Adamu Omadefu commended Gov. Abdullahi  Sule for the proactive step taken in tackling the spread of  coronavirus pandemic in the state.

He also assured of the assembly’s commitment to support the government in the fight against the pandemic in ensuring that the people remain safe and for the overall development of the state.

It would be recalled that on Tuesday, July 28, the assembll constituted a six-man Ad-hoc committee to monitor the activities of the State taskforce on COVID19.

Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House announced the constitution of the committee after Hon Danie Oga Ogazi moved a motion under the matters of public importance on the need for the House to have a committee in place to monitor the activities of the State COVID19 taskforce.

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