Reps grill Baru, oth­ers in closed-door over TSA

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

A House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives ad hoc panel yes­ter­day grilled the Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Nige­ria Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) Maikanti Baru and other of­fi­cials of the cor­po­ra­tion be­hind closed-door over the Trea­sury Sin­gle Ac­count (TSA).

Also grilled was Alex Adeyemi, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion, Ahmed Idris.

Jour­nal­ists and other sup­port staff of the panel were shut out of the meet­ing, which was ini­tially billed to hold pub­licly.

The ad hoc panel, chaired by Rep Abubakar Nuhu Dan­bu­ram (APC, Kano), is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sta­tus of TSA, which is said to have raked in tril­lions of naira since its in­cep­tion in 2015.

The panel had a sum­moned Baru and the Cen­tral Bank of Nige­ria (CBN) gov­er­nor God­win Eme­fiele over the sta­tus of the TSA.

While Baru led the NNPC team, Eme­fiele re­quested for a new date to ap­pear, which law­mak­ers obliged.

A mem­ber of the panel, Has­san Saleh (APC, Benue) moved that the meet­ing be held in closed-door “in view of the sen­si­tive na­ture of the mat­ter at hand.”

The mo­tion was sec­onded by Dick­son Tarkhighir (APC, Benue).

But be­fore the closed­door, Dan­bu­ram re­minded the CBN and the of­fice of the AGF, to pro­vide both the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and the au­dited re­ports on the TSA be­fore the end of this month. the

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