Reps Begin Fuel Subsidy Probe, Subpoenas Minister
The House of Representatives has initiated an investigation to ascertain the actual amount of money being consumed on fuel subsidies in the country.?
?The lower legislative chamber is surprised by the claims of the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, that the Federal Government will disburse N6.7 trillion on subsidies next year.?
At the investigative hearing of the special ad hoc committee on petroleum products’ subsidy regimes in Nigeria from 2017 to 2021, yesterday, in Abuja, the lawmakers lamented the minister’s failure to honor its invitation.?
The panel, therefore, convened her to appear before it next Tuesday and make available relevant documents before August 16.?
Ibrahim Almustapha Aliyu-led committee sent back the Director, Home Finance, in the ministry, Stephen Okon, who stood in for the minister, insisting that she must appear in person.?
The legislators were compelled to make the minister a scapegoat to show their seriousness to others, especially heads of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, (MDAs), who found ignoring their summons.?