The House of Reps on Tuesday, July 5, summoned the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd, Mele Kyari.
The Reps Committee on Fuel Consumption is summoning the officials for being absent at the public hearing of the committee.
Also to appear before the lawmakers are the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele; the Managing Director of the Pipelines Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mallam Isiyaku Abdullahi; as well as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
The Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Reps, Peter Akpatason, represented the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the hearing.
He said the committee members were disappointed that such critical stakeholders would choose to be absent; considering how important it is to ascertain the daily consumption to see if it corresponds with the subsidy payments.
The Speaker also expressed his worry that their absence could be seen as an attempt to frustrate the investigation.
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it is ready to call off its nationwide industrial action immediately if the Federal Government signs the negotiated agreement.
ASUU on February 14 embarked on a strike to press home its demands; including the government’s investment in the nation’s university infrastructure; as well as payment of members’ salaries through the recommended University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS); among several others.
Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, on Monday, July 4, ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke said the union is waiting for a positive response from President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“As far as ASUU is concerned, the strike can end tomorrow, we have finished the negotiations, let the government call us this night that we should come tomorrow and sign the agreement, we will be there,” Osodeke said.
“Let government tell us they have finished testing the UTAS, we have accepted it. By tomorrow, we will call off the strike. We are finished (with negotiations).
“We are just waiting, and challenging the government. When will they sign the agreement, and when will they accept UTAS? Those are the two questions we need to ask the Nigerian government.”