Wednesday, 3 June 2015

She Can’t Be Innocent? Reps reject Report Exonerating Alison-Madueke of involvement in Shady Oil Deals

Members of the House of Representatives yesterday threw out the report of an ad-hoc committee which probed the alleged involvement of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in shady oil deals, shouting a resounding ‘nay’ to its adoption.

The probe report presented by the Muraina Ajibola-led ad-hoc committee has three recommendations which didn’t indict the former minister.

The recomendation includes: “That operators in the industry should deliberately encourage openness/transparency in their operations; “ That companies involved in the petroleum industry should be required to ensure timely dissemination of information regarding their transactions, especially those involving government agencies and corporations as this would forestall suspicions and sentiments of having been cheated that are always bound to arise in circumstances where a section of the relevant stakeholders in the industry are left in doubt as to transactions in the industry;

“That a clean bill of health be given to all the parties involved in this transaction as the entire transaction conformed to all the applicable laws.

However, the three recommendations in no way met the expectations of several lawmakers who had hoped for an indictment of the former minister known for the controversial manner in which she ran the ministry during the reign of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The legislators on Tuesday blocked moves to consider the recommendation of the report, when it was announced by the presiding Deputy Speaker, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha.

On first attempt, Ihedioha put the question as to whether the House should consider the report but was met with a nay vote out-sounding the ayes.

Determined to achieve a consensus and clarity on the matter, Ihedioha again put the question and there was a resounding nay, rejecting the report.

- Spark Vanguard


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