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House summons Finance Minister over Fuel subsidy claims

The House of Representatives Special Ad-hoc committee investigating the petroleum subsidy regime 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 of the committee, Mr. Ibrahim Aliyu, issued the summon at the investigative hearing after the minister failed to appear before the committee, sending instead, the ministry’s Director of Home Finance.

Mr Aliyu, said the minister must provide answers to the total amount released from the consolidated revenue account as subsidy payment from 2013 to date.

He stated that the breakdown of benefitting companies that received subsidy payments from the consolidated revenue account must also be submitted.

The committee chairman, who described as worrisome the recent statement by the minister that the country will require N6.7 trillion to service subsidy, gave her up till next week Tuesday to make herself available with all the relevant documents in subsidy claims.

The representative of the Minister, Mr. Stephen Okon, pleaded for an extension of time to collate information required before the committee, adding that he was not mandated to make any presentation before the committee.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu, editing by Daniel Adejo