The forgotten case files: 21 National Assembly probes in 4 years, where are the results?

by Stanley Azuakola

Since 2008 till date, there has been a total of twenty-one major National Assembly probes. That comes down to at least one probe every quarter. Usually, the life cycle of a probe is as follows:

 Confrontation stage (where senators or honourables voice their great displeasure over a matter).

 Committee stage (where a committee is set up to probe the matter).

 Circus stage (where a public hearing is conducted amidst lots of “revelations” and “hot air”).

 Controversy stage (where the report is either diluted, a source of disunity among committee members, or in the odd case where it sees the light of the day—like the recent Farouk Lawan committee report—the members become smeared in controversy.)

Below is a list of the past probes by the National Assembly in the last 4 years.

House of Reps probe of energy sector, 2008

Senate probe of FCT Minister, El-Rufai, 2008

House probe of Railway project

Senate probe of Jos crisis, December 2008

House probe of Finance Ministry over 2007 budget, 2008

House probe of Jos crisis, January 2009

House probe of Customs scam, January 2009

Senate probe of Obasanjo and Yar’Adua on solid minerals special account, February 2009

NASS probe of World Bank Aviation loans of 2006 in March 2009

Senate probe of FG sales of houses in Lagos and Abuja

House probe of sale of Nigerian House in New York, February 2010

Senate probe of lead poisoning in Zamfara, 2010

Senate probe of NIMASA and Shippers Council in 2008

Senate probe of Ajaokuta Steel Company concession in March 2008

Senate probe of Transport ministry 1999-2008 in May 2008

House probe of NNPC fund

Senate probe of transport sector in September 2008

House probe of the Salami/Katsina Alu face-off, 2011

Senate probe of Establishment and Public Service (Pension)

Senate probe of the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE)

House probe of the capital market, 2012

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