Friday, June 3, 2011

House clears Etteh on N628m scandal

The House of Representatives, on Thursday, absolved its former Speaker, Patricia Etteh, of involvement in an alleged N628 million renovation contract scam.

This was sequel to a motion moved by Ita  Enag (PDP, Akwa Ibom), the Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, which was unanimously adopted when put to vote by Speaker Dimeji Bankole.

“Let it be put on record that no record or proceedings of this House at any time indicted Honourable Patricia  Etteh,’’ he said.

Etteh was forced to resign on October 30, 2007, over an  alleged scam in the renovation contract of  her official residence and that of her deputy, Babangida Nguroje.

Etteh, as part of her valedictory speech, had challenged the management of the House to produce any document that indicted her in the alleged contract scam. “I want to challenge this House and the Clerk, who was the legal adviser of this National Assembly then, to come up with any record that indicted me in the scandal,’’ she said.

She also asked the House to pass a resolution exonerating her of the allegation levelled against her, adding that she did not steal any money and that what was referred to as scandal was false.

The former Speaker also said there was no decision she took without the consent of members of the House.

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