The House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee investigating the state of refineries in Nigeria has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva , to appear before the committee or risk the wrath of the law.
The Chairman of the committee, Ganiyu Abiodun, issued the ultimatum
at a press conference on Thursday in Abuja.
Also to appear before the committee is the Group Managing Director of
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, and the General
Managers of the refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna.
The lower legislative chamber is worried that the three refineries have
been operating at loss since 2010 before being eventually shut down in
2019, consequent upon which the lawmakers constituted the committee
to demand accountability.
Abiodun said the committee was forced to issue the ultimatum following
the failure of the officials to honour three invitations earlier sent to them.
The lawmaker said the committee was aware that the NNPC recently
awarded contracts for the rehabilitation of refineries in the following
sums: Warri Refinery $900 million, Port-Harcourt $1.5 billion and
KRPC $1.3 billion.
He recalled that the committee was constituted to determine the actual
cost of rehabilitating the refineries and what was needed to bring them
back to maximum refining capacity.