The Senate, yesterday, denied recognition to the embattled Director General (DG) of the Bureau of Public Enterprise, Ms. Bolanle Onagoruwa, at a committee meeting, and insisted that she could no longer speak on behalf of the Bureau having been removed from office.
Onagoruwa had appeared before the senate committee on ethics and privileges following a petition by some ex staffers of the BPE to the senate over their wrongful dismissal.
It will be recalled that the senate had adopted recommendations from its committee on Public Accounts headed by Senator Ahmed Lawan, which recommended her sack following their investigation into the privatisation scheme.
However, the chairman of the Ethics and Privileges Committee, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, told her that as far as they were concerned she remained sacked by the senate.
He noted that having consulted with his colleagues, which included Senator Ahmed Lawan, they have decided not to allow her speak on behalf of the Bureau.
She however replied that she had attended various committee meetings after the sack recommendation and they never raised the issue.
She added that in spite of the recommendation, she still remained the DG of the Bureau and that it would be difficult to invite her deputy to speak for the Bureau.
Sen Akinyelure, however, insisted that as far as the committee was concerned, she remained sacked and added that they were acting as extension of the senate following which she left the senate hearing room.