The Senate Public Accounts Committee, on Tuesday, threatened to arrest 56 Heads of Federal Agencies, if they fail to appear before it, from next week Tuesday.
The 9th National Assembly which has been described by many as rubber stamp, because of its inability to stick by its threats on previous occasions, is currently scrutinising the queries raised against Federal Government Agencies, as contained in the 2018 report of the Auditor-General for the Federation, AuGF.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, made the threat while addressing Journalists, after some Agencies summoned to appear before it shunned the invitations.
Only 2 out of the 7 Agencies slated to appear before it on Tuesday, showed up.
A document obtained from the Secretariat of the Committee, indicated that only the Management of the Regional Centre for International Arbitration, and those of the Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State, appeared before the it.
The Managements of the Petroleum Product Pricing and Regulatory Agency, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, and Federal University, Makurdi, Benue State, did not show up.
Also on the list of those who did not appear before the Committee, were the Management of the University of Jos, and the Rural Electrification Agency.
Enraged by the development, Senator Urhoghide directed the Secretariat of the Committee to write final warning letters to all the erring Agencies.
The Senator said: “We are going to invoke Section 89 of the Constitution, which empowers us to issue bench warrant of arrest on them, to compel them to appear, if they failed to honour our last warning letters.
“Why will the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund come to tell us that they have a new Management, hence they cannot come?
“For how long do they want the Management to be in place before they can appear?
“NSTIF has over 50 queries. It is obvious that they are running away, they do not want to come and give account.
“Today, the Petroleum Product Pricing and Regulatory Agency, and the Rural Electrification Agency, and NSITF, are all supposed to be here, bringing the total number of errant Agencies to 56.
“We are giving them till next week Tuesday, to appear, or we issue warrant of arrest on them to appear.”