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Reps summon finance minister over fuel subsidy claims

The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, to make available before it all documents relating to subsidy claims from 2013 till date.

Ibrahim Aliyu, Chairman, special ad hoc committee investigating petroleum subsidy regime said this when Stephen Okon, Director Home Finance in the ministry appeared before it in Abuja on Tuesday.

The chairman of the committee gave the minister August 16 to make herself available with all the relevant documents in subsidy claims.

The chairman said that the minister must answer the total amount released from the consolidated revenue account as subsidy payment from 2013 till date.

He said that the breakdown of beneficiary companies that received subsidy payments from the consolidated revenue account must be submitted before it.

Ms Ahmed recently said that the country will require N6.7 trillion to service the subsidy this year. Mr Aliyu said such claims were worrisome.

He said that it was imperative for the minister to appear before the committee to explain certain actions, adding that the subsidy would be borrowed for Nigerians to enjoy.

He added that the issue was a very serious one that required the concern of everybody, adding that the committee was holding trust for the citizenry.

Mr Okon, however, said he had to appear because the ministry did not want to pass information that was not properly processed before the committee.

He said that he came to plead for an extension of time, adding that he was not mandated to make any presentation before the committee.

He said that the ministry would love to ask for additional time to collate information required before the committee. 

(NAN)

Source: GazetteNGR

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