The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Tuesday, March 3; slammed reports by Sahara Reporters that he siphoned public funds to celebrate his mother’s birthday in Dubai.
This rebuttal was issued by Gbajabiamila via his Special Adviser on Media, Lanre Lasisi.
It reads, “The story carried by Sahara Reporters on Monday, March 2, 2020; alleging that the Speaker of the House of Representatives; Femi Gbajabiamila used public funds to take 300 guests to Dubai; for his mother’s birthday is categorically false.
“The Speaker; his family; and a few friends were in Dubai to celebrate the 90th birthday anniversary of Alhaja Lateefat Olufunke Gbajabiamila, the Speaker’s mother.
“For the records, this event was strictly for family members; and a few childhood friends for which no public funds were appropriated or expended.
“Indeed not a single politician or a legislator was present at the event.”
Meanwhile, Gbajabiamila has given an assurance that the House would do all it could to pass the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) before the end of June.
According to him, the PIGB is on the front burner of the House; and also members of the Green Chamber will commence the process of its passage soon.
Nothing that the House needed the support and partnership of such group; he stressed that although the PIGB has been in the National Assembly for years; the 9th Assembly was committed to putting it to rest.
“PIGB is on the front burner. We intend to start the process soon. We’re hoping that by June; we’ll be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” the speaker said.
He also added, “Oil and gas is an integral part of our economy. It remains the mainstay of our economy; and so we have to work together to protect it.”