September 27, 2021

Plateau Assembly to go tough on PIPC Official

Terminus market, Jos

The Plateau State House of Assembly says it will go tough on the Managing Director of the Plateau Investment and Property Company, PIPC, Mr. Chrisogonus Yilzak for failing to honor its invitation over allegations brought against him.

Mr. Daniel Naanlong, the Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee investigating petitions on the company, told newsmen after the House receiving petitions on the company, an investigative Committee was set up to in line with the 1999 Constitution.

However, the Committee invited the PIPC Official but he failed to avail.

The committee vowed to go tough if he turns down their invitation for the second time.

“For clarity, section 89, (1) says that for the purpose of any investigation under section 88 of this Constitution, subsection (C), the house has power to summon any person in Nigeria to give evidence at any place or produce any documents or other things in his position or under his control and examine him as a witness and require him to produce any documents in his position or under his control” he added.

He said the House is compelled by his failure to appear before it to write another letter through the secretary of the committee to inform him again that there is need for him to come and satisfy the reasons why he has been call upon.

“Anything contrary to that, by the grace of God the House will resume for plenary and I’m sure that the House will use all her constitutional powers to ensure that it investigates every item that the petitioner has presented.

“It is the duty of the House of Assembly to expose corruption and any act of irregularity, either financial irregularity. But we are not indicting anybody, we are only carrying out our legitimate responsibilities. As members we will ensure that any petition or demand that is required by the House of Assembly to respond to, we will do it accordingly and by the special grace of God we are patient, we will wait for the next response.

“If he fails to come, we will take our resolution and I am sure the Constitution of Nigeria will be implemented to the letter.

The Committee Chairman revealed that they received Communication from the leadership of the company claiming the house has no powers to invite him for any matter before them.

Naanlong noted that they wrote the MD stating that the PIPC is a product of a Law enacted by the House of Assembly with responsibility to manage the asset base of Plateau State, which makes the entire investment of Plateau State be under it’s custody and management.

The Committee has vowed to continue with their investigation by engaging all those that matters on the allegation raised by the petitioner because they are representatives of all Plateau citizens in the House.