Live Updates: House Debates Fuel Subsidy Probe Report

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15:16 All adopted recommendations adopted today have been approved by the House. The House adjourns to Wednesday at 11 am to continue from recommendation 36. There 62 recommnedations.

15;15 The House is back in full plenary and the deputy speaker is recounting the activities of the day.

15:11 Recomendation 31, 32, 33, 34 and 35 adopted. The House is getting empty and the leadership wants the session adjourned. Some members wants to continue but the House has reversed back to plenary and will adjourn soon.

14:56 To give all parties free hearing, the House agrees to give 18 oil companies that participated in the subsidy scheme, including Mobil Oil Nigeria, which did not appear before the committee, but were fined, more time to appear before the ad hoc committee. The Farouk Lawan led committee had suggested that the 18 companies refund a total of N41.9 billion to the national treasury in recommendation 30.

14:39 Marketers who obtained FOREX but did not import petroleum products would be referred to the relevant Anti- Corruption Agencies with a view to verifying what they used the FOREX for, as recommendation 29 is adopted.

14:34 Recommendations 27 and 28 adopted as suggested by the panel.

14:29 Amendment to recommendation 26 successful. Federal Inland Revenue to follow defaulting companies to pay up – including penalties – within 3 months.

14:25 Recommendations 25 and 26 adpoted as recommended by the probe panel.

14:22 So far, no Member has outrigthly opposed any of the recommendations proposed by the Farouk Lawan led probe panel. The report has 62 recommendations.

14:13 Recommendations 23 and 24 adopted as suggested by the the probe panel. Attempts to pull in a prosecution or sanction clause for the petroleum minister in recommendation 23 failed. Farouk Lawan, for time to time, offers explations and defence of the recommendations.

14:12 Recommendations 23 and 24 carried.

13:58 Members want PPPRA Executive Secretaries between 2009 and 2011 to be prosecuted.

13:56 Attempts to delete section 22 fails.

13:51 Recommendations 19, 20 and 21 adopted as suggested by the probe panel.

13:44 Recommendations 17 and 18 adopted as suggested by the probe panel.

13:38 Deputy Speaker fails. Amendment to section 16 adopted. Ahmadu Ali and other members of the PPPRA board who were earlier suggested for reprimand will now be prosecuted.

13:35 Emeka Ihedioha, the deputy speaker who is presiding over the session, is trying to brush aside amendments to recommedation 16 which will call for the prosecution of people like Ahmadu Ali. He is being battled by the rest of his colleagues.

13:30 Members want Ahmadu Ali led PPPRA panel PROSECUTED as against a REPRIMAND suggested by the probe panel. They are therefore suggesting amendments to recommendation 16.

13:24 Recommendation 14 adopted with two adedums – 14 b and c. Recommendation 15 adopted.

13:20 Robinson Awa’s amendemnt to recommendation 10 asking that the entire NNPC board and management to be dissolved, rather than “overhaul” which the probe panel suggested fails.

13:11 Abike Dabiri successfully amends recomendation 8. The recommendation now requires NNPC to refund the said funds -illegal deductions – within three months.

13:08 Recommendation 5 successfully amended. Now it requires the auditor general to audit NNPC’s account within 3 month and forward the audit report to the House of Reps. Recommendations 6 and 7 have also been adopted.

13:02 Member trying to add time limits to recommendation 5. Members do not seem to be comfortable with several versions of the amendment suggested so far. The bone of contention is who should audit NNPC? Auditor General of the Federation or an independent external auditor?

12:53 Attempt to ammend recommendation 4 by Hon Emmaneul Jime fails. Members getting more rowdy.

12:45 Recommendations 2 and 3 adopted. Hon. Emmanuel Jime making an observation on recommendation 4.

12:42 Farouk Lawan ends opening remarks and also gets an applause. House commences adoption of the reports by recommendations. Recommendation one already adopted by voice vote.

12:38 Farouk Lawan still giving his opening remark, explaining the report, defending the report with stories from their findings. He said his committee established that the 445,000 barrels of crude oil given to NNPC can meet the 40 million litres of petrol demand in Nigeria. Nigeria do not need to import refined product if the system is well managed, he said.

12:33 House goes rowdy as members react to Farouk Lawan’s revelation of payments of N999 million, 128 time, in 24 hours by the Accountant General of the Federation to fictitious companies.

12:28 The House is unusually filled today but members quietly peruse the report as they listen the leader of the probe panel, Farouk Lawal, give his opening remark. Mr Lawan emotionally explains the methodology of his panel and the extent of corruption they found.

12:21 After a short combative opening speech, the House has desceneded into the committee of the whole, led by the deputy speaker, where the report will be first considered and adopted. The member are excited and have given the Speaker several applauses so far.

11:50 Speaker Tambuwal has just entered the chambers to commence proceedings for the day. He is in company of his principal officers. Proceedings is expected to start soon, after 90 minutes of delay.

11:30 Speaker Tambuwal is still expected at the House of Reps chambers. Lawmakers are seated. Some have been waiting since 10:15. Outside, the pro-Dieziani protesters at the National assembly gate have attracted a large number of police, SSS officials and bomb squad. The security officials are also barring journalists from taking photographs.

11:05 Protests against the report – Some young men, numbering about fifty are currently protesting agaist the fuel subsidy report to be discussed by the House. They say the report which indicts the petroleum minister, Dieziani Allison Madueke, is a witch hunt. The protesters have been held off at the National Assembly entrance gate.

10:28 Lawmakers are trickling into the green chambers of the House of Representatives, some clutching the reports which is the biggest issue for the day. Proceedings of the chamber is expected to kick off at 10:30 but the Serjeant at arms is yet to annouce the entrance of the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal.

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