Uneasy Calm in Senate over BPE Probe Report

As the Senate prepares to proceed on its Christmas and New Year recess Tuesday, an uneasy calm reigns in the upper legislative chamber over what some senators perceive as “spirited attempts by some elements within and outside the chamber to suppress or dilute” the report of the ad hoc committee that investigated government’s privatisation exercise from 1999 till date.
The report of the Senator Ahmad Lawan-led committee was submitted on November 22 with damning recommendations among which is the call for the revocation of the sales of several privatised public enterprises. But since the committee turned in the report, several attempts by the Senate to consider the recommendations were thwarted even after the issue was listed in the plenary’s Order Paper on five different days.
There were strong indications at the weekend that unless Senate President David Mark acts fast to ensure that the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) probe report is tabled for discussion at tomorrow’s plenary, the last in the year, he may incur the wrath of some of his colleagues who are “bent on doing away with the report once and for all”.


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