Thursday, 20 February 2014

House Summons Okonjo-Iweala Again, Warns Her Not To Send Representative


Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been summoned again by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance to explain the answers she gave to the 50 questions asked by the committee.
The committee has also invited petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, minister of national planning, chairmen of National Planning Commission (NPC), Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
According to a statement by the committee’s clerk, Farouq Yakubu Dawaki, Monday, Okonjo-Iweala was mandated to appear in person.
Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Finance had earlier posed 50 questions to the minister on the ‘true state’ of Nigeria’s economy. The lawmakers later rejected her response in a letter dated January 31, and signed by the Chairman of the Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, saying some of the questions were “either not answered, partially answered, outrightly ignored or completely misunderstood.”
Sanusi had also appeared before the committee to slug it out with the petroleum ministry and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, after accusing the latter of not remitting millions of dollars oil revenue funds.

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