N50bn unpaid shares: more trouble for Emefiele, Adeosun

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CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele and Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun

There appears to be more trouble for the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele and the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun.

This is as the House of Representatives on Wednesday commenced another investigation into the activities of the two agencies over an alleged unpaid N50 billion capital shares to the Bank of Agriculture (BoA).

The decision to commence the probe followed a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Femi Fayeke (Osun-APC) at the plenary in Abuja on Wednesday.

Just last week, the House threatened to issues an arrest warrant on Emefiele if he failed to appear before its committee over the investigation of undeclared crude oil sale amounting to $17 billion.

Fayeke had in the motion said that the CBN and the Finance Ministry, as major shareholders of BoA, were yet to remit N20 billion and N30 billion, respectively, for the effective running of the bank.

According to him, the CBN and the Federal Ministry of Finance had only paid N4 billion and N27 billion on their respective stakes in the bank, adding that CBN had an outstanding of N15.9 billion and Federal Ministry of Finance, N2.2 billion to remit.

He said that successive management of BoA had tried to recover the outstanding amounts over the years to enable the bank to fulfil its mandate but could not.

The lawmaker said that the bank recorded losses of N2.2 billion in 2014 and N4.8 billion in 2015, adding that the bank faced dwindling fortunes in the immediate future if nothing was urgently done to support it.

He said that the agriculture sector remained the only realistic option to stabilise the economy, increase export activities and strengthen the Naira.

In his contribution, Rep. Jones Onyereri (Imo-PDP) called for investigation of BoA to determine what it did with the N31 billion it received.

According to him, to whom much is given, much is expected; the bank should be made to account for the amount collected so far.

In his ruling, the Speaker of House, Mr Yakubu Dogara, mandated the Committee on Agricultural Production and Services to investigate and report back within four weeks.


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