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Friday, 31 July 2015

Senate to probe Jonathan’s administration

The Senate has began the probe of the supposed abuse of the waiver regime under the administration of former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

On Thursday, July 30, the Senate set up a committee to investigate alleged abuse of import waivers by the immediate past administration.

The ad hoc committee, headed by Senator Adamu Aliero, is expected to probe import waivers from 2011 to 2014.

The motion was sponsored by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim and the Senate subsequently passed a resolution, asking the Federal Government to henceforth stop all waivers on rice importation as well as other agricultural products.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly also instructed Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko, to ensure that all import duties due to government were recovered immediately into the nation’s treasury.

Ruling on Ibrahim’s motion, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the Aliero committee would look at the waiver policy regime and simultaneously carry out a holistic review with a view to determining government revenues losses.

Saraki said: “The ad hoc committee has been given the task to investigate details of the waivers illegally granted in the past and come up with arrangements to recover all monies paid into wrong hands as a result of the policy.”

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