Reps petition Buhari as NPA, NNPC, others snub committee

Reps probe NPA over $1bn ‘secret account’

 

The House of Representatives is to petition President Muhammadu Buhari over the refusal of some agencies of government to appear before its Committee on Public Account to answer questions over financial irregularities traced to them or clarify some records provided by other agencies.

The House Committee on Public Account is particularly unhappy with the refusal of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emiefele; Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari; Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman and the Director-General, Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) to appear before it over sales of Federal Government landed property across the country.

The agencies, alongside the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and the Petroleum Equalization Fund failed to appear before the Committee on Public Account over the sales of some government property.

Chairman of the committee, Wole Oke, said the committee would forward a petition to the President through the office of the Secretary to the Federation and the Chief of Staff to the President informing him of the refusal of the heads of the agencies to honour the invitation.