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CHAIRMAN of the House of Representatives Committee on Finance, Mr.Alhaji Abdulmumini Jibrin, has faulted the call by the factional Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Rotimi Amaechi, on Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to resign.
Jibrin told journalists that the call was misplaced one, considering the fact that there more pressing issues relating to the management of the nation’s economy that should occupy the mind of the NGF chairman.
The lawmaker said Amaechi should have demanded the resignation of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs.Diezani Alison-Madueke, rather than vent his spleen on Okonjo- Iweala.
Jibril, who said he is opposed to the finance minister’s position that the distribution of money to all tiers of government should be based on actual collection, wondered why nobody is focusing attention on the corruption plaguing the petroleum industry.
He urged well-meaning Nigerians to beam their searchlights on petroleum sector and its agencies, especially the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the oil and gas sector.
He said: “I think it is hasty for the (Nigeria) Governors’ Forum, whose members we’ve been working together with, to call for the resignation of the minister (Okonjo-Iweala). That is inappropriate if you look at the background and the issues involved at this point, because we should put our searchlight on the petroleum sector, the NNPC.
“It is the minister of petroleum (Alison-Madueke) that should be called to give account of what is happening. It is not the minister of finance. Substantially, the amount of money that we are talking about comes from the oil sector, from crude sales, and until today, we keep asking: How much are we even producing per day? Nobody knows the quantity of crude oil that is being produced in this country. Nobody knows, and nobody is asking the minister of petroleum any question.”