From ADETUTU FOLASADE-KOYI, Abuja
Senate has invited Julius Berger Plc. over the additional N9 billion sought for the completion of the construction of Vice President Namadi Sambo’s official residence. Chairman of the Federal Character Committee (FCT), Senator Smart Adeyemi, disclosed the to newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
According to him, the committee will invite Julius Berger to explain the matter at a public hearing scheduled to hold in January. Adeyemi noted that though his committee could neither arrest nor prosecute anyone found culpable of inadequacies and corruption, it is the responsibility of the executive and Nigerians to decide whether the project should be stopped or more funds be appropriated by the National Assembly.
He said: “Our own job as legislators, especially when we go out for oversight functions, is to expose all inadequacies. It is for the media, the civil society and the executive to take it from where we have stopped.” “We do not have the power to compel anybody to be arrested or prosecuted.
If we expose something, it stops there. We’ve invited Julius Berger construction company, handling the project to come and justify it and we are still on this.” “We are bringing them to a Round Table. If we had not wanted it to be exposed, we would not have gone there at all or we wouldn’t have gone there with journalists. We want Nigerians to see the sincerity of what we are doing. We have made it open to Nigerians and it is for Nigerians or the executive to decide whether the project should be stopped.
But we’re inviting the construction company to meet us in January to come and justify the additional N9 billion being sought for the project,” he said.