The Nasarawa State House of Assembly says that the six- man Ad-hoc committee on COVID-19 it set up was not a probe panel, or was the House nursing any plan to impeach the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, who chairs the State Task Force on COVID-19.
The committee was only constituted to monitor the activities of the state Task Force on COVID-19, the lawmakers said yesterday.
Mohammed Adamu-Omadefu, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, told journalists in his office in Lafia that the House decided to set up the Ad-hoc Committee on COVID-19 in order to oversight the activities of the Task Force on COVID-19 towards fighting the pandemic in the state.
He debunked the impression in some national dailies and online media that the Ad-hoc committee was set up to probe the state deputy governor.
“This is not true, hence the need for me to clear the air. The Ad-hoc Committee was set up to monitor the activities of the state Task Force on COVID-19 towards fighting COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
“It was set up in the best interest of the state as it was even the state deputy governor that advised the House to set up the Ad-hoc Committee on COVID-19 in order to monitor their activities.
“But we woke up this morning reading and seeing some reports in some national dailies and online that the House has set up the Ad-hoc Committee on COVID-19 to probe the deputy governor, this is not the target rather was meant to complement government efforts in the fight against COVID-19,” he said.
Omadefu, however, commended the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, for his proactive step taken in tackling the spread of coronavirus in the state.
He assured of the Assembly’s commitment to support the government in the fight against the pandemic in ensuring that the people remain safe.
It would be recalled that on Tuesday, July 28, the Assembly constituted a six-man Ad-hoc committee to monitor the activities of the state Task Force on COVID-19.