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Reps summon finance minister, demand oil subsidy claims documents

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FG - Zainab Ahmed

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 to date.

The Chairman, Special ad hoc committee investigating Petroleum Subsidy regime, Ibrahim Aliyu, made the disclosure when the Director, Home Finance, in the ministry, Stephen Okon, appeared before it in Abuja on Tuesday.

He gave the minister August 16 to make herself available with all the relevant documents in subsidy claims.

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

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

According to the chairman, the statement by the minister recently that the country will require N6.7 trillion to service the subsidy is worrisome.

Hon. Aliyu said 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.

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

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

(Thisnigeria)

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