The Ebonyi State House of Assembly ad-hoc committee, investigating ongoing housing projects in the state, has threatened to issue warrant of arrest against some contractors that refused to appear before it.
The chairman of the committee Hon Chike Imo Ogiji, issued the threat on behalf of the committee members in Abakaliki, the state capital, while reacting to refusal of some of the contractors to appear before the assembly despite invitation.
According to a statement by the Assembly Principal Information Officer, Egede Sylvester, the erring contractors include Edon Nig Ltd, JMK Construction Ltd, Costain West Africa, Aguiyi Nig Ltd, Phinotech Nig Ltd, Angele Standard Ltd and others.
“The need for the warrant of arrest was to fulfil the constitutional powers of the assembly to conduct investigations into the conduct of affairs of any person, authority, ministry , or government departments as reflected in section 128 sub section 1b of the 1999 constitution as amended”, the statement said.
“Section 129 sub section 1d stipulated that an issue of warrant to compel the attendance of any person who after having been summoned to attend refuses, or neglects to do so, or neglect to the satisfaction of the house of assembly or the committees, or neglect to obey the summons and also to impose such fines as may be presented for any such failure”, the release cited.
It further said that the lawmakers would do everything within the armbit of its powers to compel the companies to respect and obey the rule of law.
Punch recalled that the Ebonyi House of Assembly, Hon Ogbonnaya Nwifuru,had urged all committees to conclude its oversight duties within three weeks, pending the period reconstruction work in the house chambers would be completed.