Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fuel scarcity: Okonjo-Iweala, Allison-Madueke shun Senate summons

Strong indications emerged on Saturday that the Finance Minister/Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and her counterpart in the Petroleum Resources Ministry, Mrs. Dieziani Allison-Madueke, may not appear before the joint senate committees probing the current fuel crisis, on Monday.                    
Punch learnt that the two female ministers allegedly evaded the service of the senate summons when the documents were taken to their offices.
The joint committees on Petroleum Resources ( Upstream and Downstream ), had on Friday, invited the two ministers, alongside too directors of other Petroleum departments.
It was learnt that members of staff of the two ministries in charge of correspondences, allegedly refused to collect the invitation letters on the excuse that the ministers were not in their offices.
A member of the joint senate committee told Punch on conditions of anonymity that, “with the refusal of the ministry officials to collect the letters, the meeting scheduled for Monday is now uncertain.”
“All our efforts to deliver letters from the Senate to the Finance Minister, the Petroleum Minister, GMD of NNPC and the MD of DPR were unsuccessful largely due to the ongoing strike in the oil and gas industry as staff locked up their premises.
“At the Ministry of Finance, our staff was told that the minister was not around and they vehemently refused to collect any mail from us. The same thing happened at the petroleum resources.”

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