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Subsidy Investigation: Ministers, Others Ignore Panel

Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has criticized the absence of senior federal government officials from the Ad Hoc Committee on the Volume of Fuel Consumed Daily in Nigeria’s Tuesday investigation hearing in Abuja.

Gbajabiamila particularly called out the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; and the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (formerly Group Managing Director of the defunct Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation), Melee Kyari; as well as the Managing Director of Petroleum Pipeline Marketing Company, Isiaku Abdullahi, among others.

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Consequently, the committee, chaired by Abdulkadir Abdullahi, summoned the GMD of the NNPC; MD of the PPMC; Accountant-General of the Federation; the CBN governor; Minister of State and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources; Minister of Finance and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance.

The majority of the important stakeholders were not present at the hearing, and those sent to represent a few of them were officials with lower cadres than those required to respond to questions on behalf of their organizations, which infuriated the Speaker, who was represented by the Deputy Majority Leader, Peter Akpatason.

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Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has criticized the absence of senior federal government officials from the Ad Hoc Committee on the Volume of Fuel Consumed Daily in Nigeria’s Tuesday investigation hearing in Abuja.

Gbajabiamila particularly called out the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; and the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (formerly Group Managing Director of the defunct Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation), Melee Kyari; as well as the Managing Director of Petroleum Pipeline Marketing Company, Isiaku Abdullahi, among others.

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Consequently, the committee, chaired by Abdulkadir Abdullahi, summoned the GMD of the NNPC; MD of the PPMC; Accountant-General of the Federation; the CBN governor; Minister of State and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources; Minister of Finance and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance.

The majority of the important stakeholders were not present at the hearing, and those sent to represent a few of them were officials with lower cadres than those required to respond to questions on behalf of their organizations, which infuriated the Speaker, who was represented by the Deputy Majority Leader, Peter Akpatason.

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