The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila says the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emiefele would not be appearing before the house as scheduled.
Gbajabiamila, who read the letter sent by the CBN governor on the floor of the house, explained that the inability of the Governor to appear was due to his engagements outside Nigeria.
Reacting to the letter however, a member from Plateau state, Yusuf Gagdi emphasized the need for public officers to always respect the collective will of the Nigerian people.
He noted that the Central Bank Governor was being disrespectful by his continuous refusal to appear before the House to explain the Cash Withdrawal Policy to the Nigerian people.
” The crafters of the Nigerian constitution did not make errors to create the House of Representatives to call for public office holders to account for their activities on behalf of Nigerians”. Honorable Gagdi said.
The lawmaker commended the House for inviting the Governor and advised that the Central Bank Governor should be made to understand that the House would not tolerate further excuses.
The Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, reminded the House that it had already taken a resolution.
“The House has already passed a resolution asking him to suspend the implementation of the policy. What we should be looking at is to see weather he will bridge the resolution of the House” said Elumelu.
The House Leader, Ado Doguwa, added that the invitation must stand, for the Governor to appear and explain the policy, saying his presence would provide answers to key questions.
Ruling on the issue, the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila stated that the House would verify what had kept the CBN Governor abroad for two weeks, that the Governor of the Apex bank could send his deputy in a situation he could not appear in person.
The House therefore mandated the Clerk to write that the Governor appear before the House on Thursday, 22nd December 2022 or send his deputy who is also well equipped.
Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Tersoo Nicholas