Reps summon finance minister Zainab Ahmed over oil subsidy claims

Zainab Ahmed

The House of Representatives has summoned the minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, requesting all documents relating to subsidy claims from 2013 till date.

Chairman, Special Ad hoc Committee Investigating Petroleum Subsidy Rep Ibrahim Aliyu said this when Stephen Okon, director of home finance in the ministry, appeared before it in Abuja on Tuesday.

The chairman of the committee gave Ahmed August 16 to make herself available with all the relevant documents in subsidy claims.

The chairman said that Ahmed must reveal the total amount released from the consolidate revenue account as subsidy payment from 2013 till date.

He said that the breakdown of beneficiaries companies that received subsidy payments from the consolidate revenue account must be submitted before it.

According to the chairman, the statement by the minister recently that the country will require N6.7 trillion to service subsidy is worrisome.

Aliyu added that the issue was a very serious one that required the concern of everybody, adding that the committee is holding trust for the citizenry.

Okon, however said he had to appear because the minsitry did not want to pass information that was not properly processed before the committee.

He pleaded for an extension of time, adding that he was not mandated to make any presentation before the committee.