The Chairman of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has alleged that there were plans to scuttle the submission of the final report of the committee to President Goodluck Jonathan. Not a few people were surprised at the vituperation from Mr. Steve Oronsaye, the Vice Chairman of the Task Force right in presence of the President.
In his reaction to attempts to discredit the report via claims by two members of the committee, Mr Steve Oronsaye, a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and Mr. Bon Otti, that agreed processes were not followed in the writing of the final report, Malam Nuhu Ribadu said the claims were aimed at scuttling the submission of the report.
The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also pointed out that some people night have been “planted” in the committee to ensure that the submission of the report was scuttled. He however disclosed that majority of the members were committed to doing a thorough job and cleaning the oil sector.
While stating that he did the job purely as a service to his fatherland, Ribadu said “I have not received a penny as allowance for this assignment. I did it as my service to the nation. And that was why I said I weep for Nigeria when I came out of the venue. I really mean it. I weep for this nation.”
Ribadu shed some light into the operations of the committee when he disclosed that Oronsaye never took part in any of the committee’s deliberations. He revealed that the only time he came was when the committee began deliberations on recovery of monies owed by some oil companies.
“Oronsaye was not at the inauguration and he never participated in the deliberations of the committee. The only time he came was when we wanted to start deliberations on recovery and he came on behalf of one company, Addax Petroleum, which is owing $1.5 billion. That was the only time he came. In fact, he scuttled the payment of the $1.5 billion. The next thing, he was appointed into the board of NNPC, in addition to being a board member of CBN,” he said.
Ribadu also noted that another member of the committee, Otti, was appointed NNPC director of finance while the committee was still at work.