Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, said the Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, failed the 50 questions given to her by the House of Representatives.
Tambuwal said this at the 11th Daily Trust dialogue in Abuja on January 15.
He was represented by the Deputy Spokesperson of the House, Victor Ogene.
According to to the Speaker, Okonjo-Iweala provided and excessive amount of information but did not cover the most important points the Reps asked her to clarify:
“In writing a 100 page letter, she had probably written two pages as answers to one question. But as a House we are still expecting answers to those questions which form the fulcrum for the preparation of the 2014 budget,” Tambuwal said.He also said that it is only in Africa that “a minister can talk of being harassed by a parliament.”
To recall, on December 20, when members of the Committee on Finance walked Okonjo-Iweala out from the meeting, she told the them : “When you invite ministers, you should treat them with respect. We can’t be invited and be abused.”
“It is the duty of the parliament to hold the executives accountable to the governed and we will continue to do that”, the Speaker said.He added that the Committer will start working on the Minister’s response right away and may get back to her should any further clarification be required.
It will be reminded, that the lawmakers asked Okonko-Iweala to submit the answers by January 2.However, she said she needed more time to answer the questions as some of them are “very weighty”. She handed in her written response this week.