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Reps panel berates TETFund boss, others for avoiding probe 

The House of Representatives Committee on Federal Character,  Wednesday, berated the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Arc Sonny Echono, for failing to appear at its investigative hearing on activities of the agency and others.

Chairman of the committee and former deputy speaker, Idris Wase, was upset with Echono, as he also knocked the Industrial Training Fund, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, and the National Sugar Development Council for also failing to honour the committee’s invitation.

Wase said they were taking the committee for granted over their persistent refusal to honour invitations and that henceforth it would not be tolerated.

Representative of the executive secretary of TETFund at the meeting, Babatunde Oladeji, who is the director of Monitoring and Evaluation in the agency, told the committee that the executive secretary was away on official leave.

Wase threatened that henceforth such recalcitrant agencies would be sanctioned in accordance with the law.

He said: “You must be accountable to the House. This is the last time. Next time the committee would invoke its powers provided for in the constitution.

“You are appearing before the House of Representatives Committee and we are not going to take this nonsense any longer. This is a House that you should be giving account to. And I don’t know the instrument that gave you the power to operate. The same parliament that gave you the powers, what makes you think that they are useless here?

 “We are here on behalf of all Nigerians. We keep writing and you keep neglecting us. Where do you draw your powers from?”