President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio has said the National Assembly under his watch was determined to draw a battle line with heads of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) who ignore summons and invitations of its Committees.
Akpabio issued the threat on Thursday while speaking at the public hearing on the 2024-2026 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) at the Senate.
The public hearing was organised by the Senate Joint Committees on Finance; Appropriations; National Planning and Economic Affairs, Local and Foreign Debt to examine critically the fiscal document with the chief executive officers of federal government revenue earning agencies with the objective of increasing the nation’s revenue base.
Akpabio said the interactive session on the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper was a very important session and any serious presidential appointee that wanted President Tinubu to succeed must be present.
The Senate president also warned that heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies that shun invitations risk losing their jobs.
He said: “Any serious appointee or any head of any agency that is interested in the success of President Bola Tinubu’s administration ought to be here.
“Chairman should give me the list of all the heads of agencies that you invited who have failed to show up in this session.
“This is the beginning of their failure in their various offices. Therefore, I am happy to see the chairman of FIRS, he is here. I have also seen the DG NIMASA and others.
“Any head of agency that sends representation here is not a serious person and therefore the President must take a second look at such a person’s appointment, it is not a threat but the truth.
“I shelved even my appointment to appear in Owerri today for our final rally of my party and all other schedules that I have, to make sure that I appear so that we can strategise on how we can succeed.”