Tuesday, 17 May 2011

News Report: Nigeria's 6th Lower Parliament Session Winds Down Amidst Financial Scandals

The 6th session of Nigeria's lower parliament, the House of Representatives will wind down soon amidst financial scandals. chidi opara reports have confirmed that members have been given tomorrow by the National Assembly Management as the last day to vacate their offices, "for reason of renovations".

The Speaker, Mr. Dimeji Bankole lost his re-election bid in the April 16th 2011 national assembly election.

The lower parliament under Bankole, who came into office in November, 2007 have gone from one financial scandal to another.

Checks by chidi opara reports revealed that shortly after assuming office, Bankole was involved in a 2.3 billion naira car purchase scandal.

There was a 5.2 billion naira Rural Electrification Agency scandal involving the Speaker and some members of the Committee on Power.

There was also a 9 billion naira capital vote scandal which nearly disgraced the Speaker out of office.

The recent 10 billion naira loan which the Speaker nearly secured from some banks without due process, which reportedly, would have been used to service the Speaker's private expenses and those of the principal officers is the latest of the scandals. The Speaker is reportedly at the verge of obtaining the loan when Dino Melaye, an outspoken member who was once suspended with some other members for accusing the Speaker of misappropriation of funds blew the lid off the racket.

Further checks by chidi opara reports showed that these scandals were partly responsible for only one hundred out of the three hundred and sixty members winning their re-election bids.

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