1 March 2011

Nigeria: Group Blasts Petroleum Ministry Over Alleged Spending On Bill

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Nigerian oil rig.

Yenagoa — A transparency advocacy group, the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, yesterday, berated the Ministry of Petroleum Resources over an alleged spending of over N481million on the proposed Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB.

The group described as commendable, the probe initiated by the House of Representatives over the fund.

ANEEJ said though the House of Representatives has launched a probe into the frivolous spending by the ministry, the spending of such fund was an indictment on the transparency effort of the present administration in the country.

Executive Director of ANEEJ, Rev. David Ugolor, said though the group recently commended President Goodluck Jonathan for halting the renewal of oil lease until the PIB is passed, the action of the ministry further demonstrates the lack of transparency in Nigeria's oil and gas industry.

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