The House of Representatives on Wednesday called for an investigation into an alleged exclusion of Rivers State from projects funded by a new World Bank loan.
Solomon Bob (PDP-Rivers) had alleged in the House that the federal government, as some newspapers widely reported, is the only state that would not benefit from the loans.
He said the report, if true, made the federal government’s action contrary to the spirit and letters of the 1999 Constitution.
He added that this would be discriminatory against the residents of Rivers and likely to create a sense of alienation, exclusion and discontent.
Mt Bob added that the House has a responsibility to ensure that the affairs of the federation are conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the law of fairness and justice.
This, he said, should be followed by an overarching responsibility to deploy his constitutional powers to ensure respect on the part of the executive.
He added that Nigeria is a federation that professes equity, justice and social justice and that there are several constitutional provisions prohibiting all forms of discrimination on the basis of partisan orientation, religion, location. of origin or tribe.
He said that certain articles of the Constitution impose on the federal government a duty to ensure a fair distribution of resources and projects across the federation.
The House therefore tasked its Committee on Aid, Loans and Debt Management to liaise with the office of the National Assembly’s Advisor to the President to verify the veracity of the allegation. .
He also instructed the committee to come back in 14 days for further legislation.
The house noted that if other states were listed, Rivers would have to be included to benefit from the projects to be carried out with the new loan.
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