NNPC, PPMC, oth­ers defy Reps on kerosene sub­sidy probe

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion on kerosene sub­sidy regime reached a cli­max yes­ter­day as the crit­i­cal stake­hold­ers in­volved in the prod­uct’s sup­ply and sub­sidy dis­burse­ment stayed away from the pro­ceed­ing.

Chair­man of the House com­mit­tee on petroleum (down­stream), Rep Dakuku Peter­side (APC, Rivers) had on Tues­day is­sued warn­ing to all the stake­hold­ers to be present at the con­clud­ing part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion or risk be­ing la­beled as guilty of the al­le­ga­tions against the com­pa­nies.

The Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC), Petroleum Prod­ucts Mar­ket­ing Com­pany (PPMC), Nige­rian Mar­itime Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nige­rian Ex­trac­tive In­dus­tries Trans­parency Ini­tia­tive (NEITI) were con­spic­u­ously ab­sent dur­ing yes­ter­day’s pub­lic hear­ing.

Other agencies ab­sent at the hear­ing were the Of­fice of the Ac­coun­tant Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion, min­istry of fi­nance au­di­tors, Trafigura Nigeria Limited amongst other kerosene mar­keters.

The com­mit­tee chair­man Rep Peter­side said: “We would how­ever reach out to agencies that have clar­i­fi­ca­tion to make.”

He said the NNPC, PPMC and other agencies were sup­posed to be present but that “Where such agencies have clar­i­fi­ca­tion to make, I am sure we would en­gage them for their own ver­sion of the story”.

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