By Charles Igwe
The Senate has announced its intention to investigate the acquisition of a N5 billion presidential yacht and the surrounding circumstances. The Senate Committee on Navy, chaired by Senator Gbenga Daniel, representing the All Progressives Congress, Ogun East, has initiated this inquiry.
The decision was communicated through a statement by Senator Daniel’s media aide, Steve Oliyide. The purchase of the presidential yacht has sparked widespread outrage, with many Nigerians criticizing the Presidency for perceived insensitivity.
Senator Daniel’s committee has committed to conducting a comprehensive investigation into the controversial yacht’s acquisition and the related issues within one week. According to Senator Daniel, the public’s concerns and criticisms, coupled with conflicting reports in the media, necessitate a thorough inquiry to unearth the truth.
The primary goal of the investigation is to clarify the situation, eliminate uncertainties, and provide the public with a complete understanding of the matter. Senator Daniel believes that this Senate committee’s actions signify an essential step toward fostering transparency and accountability within the government.
In addition to the yacht investigation, the committee has resolved to visit naval facilities across the country to prioritize the training and welfare of naval personnel and veterans. They also intend to advocate for increased funding for the Nigerian Navy to enhance its capabilities in the nation’s economic and security sectors. The committee further aims to promote the modernization of the Nigerian Navy’s fleet, bolster its operational capacities, and support naval research and development agencies.