By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Mandate Secretary in charge of Area Council Services Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Hon. Ibrahim Abubakar Dantsoho, has come under heavy fire from federal lawmakers following his failure to properly spell out the mandate of his secretariat.
The Secretary who appeared before the FCT Senate Committee to defend the Secretariat’s budget, was almost walked out of the National Assembly over poor defence of the budget and lack of coordination by his team.
Dantsoho, one of the Mandate Secretaries appointed by the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, was advised to respect the authority of the Senate else he would be walked out of the meeting.
The warning was directed at the Secretary, following his continuous banters and distracting discussion during the briefing.
According to inside sources at the National Assembly, drama ensued when a member of the Committee interrogated Dantsoho on the mandate of his Secretariat, to which he said it was to buy luxury cars for graded chiefs.
Dantsoho, who instantly went blank, told the committee that his Secretariat is responsible for the purchase of luxurious cars for graded chiefs and building or upgrading of palaces of graded chiefs in various chiefdoms in the territory.
According to him; “Our mandate is to buy cars for our graded chiefs and we also build palaces for them”.
Dissatisfied with his response, the visibly angry Senator, described the Secretary as a disappointment in the service of humanity.
“This man who are you? You are a disappointment in the service of humanity”, the lawmakers fired back at him.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that it took the intervention of the Senate Committee chairman on FCT, Sen. Smart Adeyemi, who came in midway to salvage the situation on behalf for the secretariat.