OrderPaperToday- The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd, Mele Kyari failed to honour the invitation of a House of Representatives panel.
The House Adhoc Committee to investigate ‘State of Refineries in the Country’ had on Thursday, lampooned the Managing Directors of Port Harcourt, Kaduna, and Warri Refineries over its failure to appear before it as well.
Others agencies that failed to appear are the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emiefele, Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, and several others.
Shortly after commencement of the hearing, the Committee Chairman directed the invited guests present to introduce themselves and in the process, it was discovered that none of the invited heads of the agencies was present.
Although, the NNPC, Budget Office of the Federation, and the Office of the Accountant General sent representatives which did not sit well with members of the investigative panel.
Speaking, the Committee’s Deputy Chairman, Ishiaku said the lack of authorisation letter from the Heads of agencies to the Committee depicts disrespect for parliament.
“Let everyone not leave here with the impression that we are not important. We respect every person no matter your cadre. We are talking about principle, process, and protocol here. İf the …. is not able to attend whereby such a person needs authorisation even if it is a messenger.
Are you ready to take responsibility when something goes wrong. You can also find yourself at this side of the divide someday. We believe that you do not have the capacity to address us on this issue,” he stated.
While ruling on the matter, the Committee Chairman directed all the aforementioned agencies and other key stakeholders invited previously to ensure appearance on the 31 March 2022.
Speaker of the House Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had on the 4th of February 2022, named the Adhoc Committee to investigate and determine the state of refineries in the country and what is needed to bring them back to maximum refining capacity.
The Committee is expected to source information and data from the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and other relevant stakeholders.