Allison-Madueke, others snub Reps over fuel crisis

The Minister for Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, on Thursday failed to appear before the House of Representatives joint committees on petroleum and gas resources.

The committees on Wednesday summoned the minister and others to explain the cause of the current fuel crisis in the country.

Others summoned were the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Joseph Dawah, and the leadership of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN.

The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers, NUPENG, was also invited.

The Chairman, Petroleum Resources Committee (Upstream), Muraina Ajibola, condemned the absence of the invitees, adding that the committees would not allow strike to cripple the nation’s oil and gas sector.

According to him, “we need to perform our duties as parliaments and ensure that the strike is brought to an end so that it will not affect other aspects of our economy.

“There is need for us to know the causes so that we can prevail on Mr President and members of the executive council to look into those issues”.

The committees, therefore, re-summoned them to appear on September 23 at 11 a.m.

“We have agreed to summon them again to appear before this joint committee to come and explain to Nigerians the causes of this reported strike so that we can intervene, make our inputs and appeal to the president and some other persons to take appropriate steps,” Mr. Ajibola.

PENGASSAN and NUPENG on Monday shut down operations nationwide over alleged irregular funding of their pension scheme.

Various petrol stations in Abuja recorded long queues with vehicle owners groaning over difficulties in buying fuel. (NAN)


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  • Gbo_lee

    This level of disregard for the National Assembly by Jonathan’s minsters is really shameful of any democracy. I knew from the day Maduekwe and others were invited that they would not show up,and this is obviously fuelled by the feeling of being backed by Jonathan who continues to rule like a dictator that answers to no one including the people.

    • Musty

      Don’t hard her name? The QUEEN OF CABINET!!!! I think the only solution to this lady is for Nigerians to ask PATIENT JONATHAN to deal with her for us!!!

  • Don Messi

    These pretenders collecting the OBSCENE amount of money they ‘allocated’ to themselves (instead of what ws approved by RMFAC) in the same country the minimum wage is #18000 deserve not only to be snubbed but STONED As well.
    Lawmakers receiving illegal salaries/allowances.

  • Regina Tambuwal

    That is the real madam wo!

  • $20 billion (dollars) is still unaccounted for at NNPC.

  • Allayes

    Why should the Minister not fail to honour the House’s summons? She had been doing that for some time now and there has been zero repercussion. It is like a child that no longer has any respect for his father or mother, with the full knowledge that nothing will happen. However, if the House and Senate decide to gain some respect for themselves by withholding assent to any Ministry’s budget, whose summoned Minister or any other of their officials fail to appear before their Committees, you will see such lawlessness disappear in a jiffy. But knowing present day Nigeria, it will not happen, as our officials keep flouting the Constitution at every turn, because “it is a family affair”. Meanwhile, the voters that have the ultimate power to deal with anyone flouting the Constitution are busy arguing over religion and tribe or other such inconsequential matters, or looking for a politician to give them a bag of 10kg substandard rice plus N5,000 to sell their souls and their children’s future. What a pity that a country that has all the potential in the world has been reduced to this state.