The investigative hearing on the alleged N10 billion air charter services scam involving the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke met a brick wall yesterday, Tuesday as the hearing was postponed to June 26 by the Committee on Public Accounts.
It will be recalled that the House of Representatives had announced three weeks ago that the public hearing on the alleged controversial expenditure would kick off yesterday June 17 but the Committee on Public Accounts abruptly shifted it to June 26.
This decision, Street Journal learnt, was taken because the House was still observing its end of session break.
“The House is on break and full activities will not resume till June 24.
“Most members are not available now and it is wise to give them at least two days after resumption to prepare fully for the proceedings.
“This explains the decision of the committee to consider June 26 as the ideal date to resume the investigation,” a source said .
Findings have however shown that the alleged “tremendous pressure” being mounted on the committee to soft pedal on the investigation and lack of funding for the hearing remained the major setbacks.