The House of Representatives on Wednesday called for an investigation into the alleged exclusion of Rivers from projects to be funded by a new World Bank loan.
Solomon Bob (PDP-Rivers) had claimed in the house that Rivers was the only state that would not benefit from the loans.
He stated that if the report were true, it would violate the federal government’s actions as being against the letter and the spirit of the 1999 Constitution.
He added that doing so could discriminate against the population of Rivers and create feelings of alienation, marginalization and dissatisfaction.
Bob added that it was the House’s responsibility to ensure that Federation affairs were conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the law of justice and fairness.
This should be pursued with a primary responsibility to use their constitutional powers to ensure compliance by the executive branch.
He added that Nigeria was a federation committed to justice, fairness and social justice and that there were several constitutional provisions prohibiting all forms of discrimination based on bias, religion, origin or tribe.
He said that some sections of the constitution placed a duty on the federal government to ensure an equitable distribution of resources and projects within the federal government.
As a result, she instructed her Aid, Loans and Debt Management Committee to contact the Office of the National Assembly Advisor on Affairs to the President’s National Assembly to investigate the veracity of the allegations.
It also mandated the committee to return within 14 days for further legislative action.
The House noted that if other states were listed, Rivers should be involved to benefit from the projects to be carried out with the new loan.