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Officials’ Absence Stalls Senate’s Oil Subsidy Probe

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The Senate could not go ahead with its proposed hearing on the petroleum subsidy as most of the officials summoned by the Senate were absent at the hearing on Thursday.  Officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Ministry of Petroleum Resources failed to appear before the joint Senate committee looking into the matter.

The only person that seemed ready for the joint committee which includes the Senate Committees on Petroleum, Appropriation and Finance, was the Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as she was the only official that showed up.

The head of the joint committee, Senator Magnus Abe disclosed that the Senate might have to take decisive action against the agencies that failed to appear beforew the committee. He said “I don’t think that the Senate will send three of its committees on a mission and we will come back without getting anything.”

 

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