26 November 2012

Nigeria: Rift in National Assembly Joint Committee On Dana Crash

The investigation by the National Assembly joint committee into the cause of the June 3th Dana plan crash which killed 153 people on board in Lagos may be stalled due to disagreement between committee members, Daily Trust heard in Abuja yesterday.

The committee was inaugurated by Senate President David Mark on June 19th and was given four weeks within which to complete its assignment and submit report to the two chambers of the National Assembly, however, four months after, the report is yet to be submitted.

A ranking lawmaker who is on the panel told Daily Trust yesterday that disagreements erupted between committee members over "unnecessary delay" on the part of the lead committee chairman, Senator Hope Uzodinma (PDP, Imo).

"For the past three months we have failed to agree on the draft report prepared by the consultants and the secretariat. We don't know why the chairman is foot-dragging.

"We started considering the report clause by clause some weeks ago but along the line disagreements erupted over some of the clauses and recommendations and since then we could not make any progress," the source said.

The source disclosed that members of the Joint committee from the House of Representatives have resolved to go solo and submit their report to the House in plenary.

When contacted, Chairman of the House Committee on Aviation and co-chair of the joint committee Rep. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (PDP, Abia) said: "I am tired because people are calling to ask what is happening to the report. It should not take us one year to finish our findings."

"There is no disagreement yet but what happened was that after the recess most times our programmes do not tally with the Senate but we will be sitting tomorrow (today) by 2pm to take decision and we hope to submit the report on Thursday this week," Rep. Onyejeocha explained.

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