2024 Budget Defence: Lawmaker Fumes As NNPC Boss, Kyari Shuns Senate’s Invitation Again

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Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari, has again failed to honour the invitation of the Senate.

Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee, Senator Adeola Olamilekan, who expressed his displeasure over Kyari’s absence on Wednesday accused the NNPC boss of “undermining the legislature” and “sabotaging” the budget process.

Olamilekan, then asked Kyari to appear in company of the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), within the next 24-hours.

The duo are required to present the list of all individual companies operating with OML licenses in Nigeria as well as total production output approved on a daily basis.

The lawmaker expressed concerns that some of the revenues required to drive the 2024 budget was attributed to the NNPCL, which according to him, was owned by the Federal Government and responsible to it, and by extension the three arms of government.

The NNPCL, had earlier shunned for a second time, summons by the Senate to appear before its committee probing over N11trn expenditure on turn around maintenance of refineries in the country between 2010 and 2023.

The absence of Kyari, whose entity is at the centre of the investigation, stalled efforts by the Senate panel to make progress on the matter.

 

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