26 April 2012

Nigeria: Subsidy Report - PDP Backs House's Decision to Prosecute Ali

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The national petroleum corporation has asked for allegations of misdeeds levelled against it in the subsidy report to be proven.

Rising from its National Working Committee (NWC) meeting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday threw its weight behind the recommendations of the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee which probed the fuel subsidy regimes in the country.

By implication, it said it was supporting the House's recommendation that the former national chairman of the party, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, who as chairman and members of the board of the Petroleum Products Price Regulation Agency (PPPRA) from 2009 to 2011 be prosecuted.

However, it called for fair hearing on all concerned in the oil scam.

The plenary session of the House of Representatives in adopting the report of the Ad hoc Committee on Monitoring of the Subsidy Regime on Tuesday accepted a recommendation that the former National Chairman of the party and the entire members of the board during the period be prosecuted for their decisions which allegedly opened the floodgate for the abuse of the system.

Other recommendations adopted by the House included: "That the management and board of the NNPC should be completely overhauled and all those involved in infractions be further investigated and prosecuted by the relevant anti-corruption agencies.

"That all the payments which the PPPRA made to itself from the Petroleum Support Fund accounts in excess of the approved administrative charges which are due to it under the template should be recovered and paid back into the fund. The officials involved in this infraction should be further investigated and prosecuted by the relevant anti-corruption agencies," the House said in its report.

PDP said in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metu,

"The National Working Committee identifies with the various probes by the National Assembly in exercise of its legislative oversight functions.

"Specifically, the National Working Committee welcomes the probe by the House of Representatives into the management of the petroleum subsidy. While the NWC awaits the consummation of all due processes in line with fair hearing to ensure that only the guilty suffers, the PDP will continue to encourage the National Assembly to take necessary measures that will help stamp out corruption."

The statement said the position of the party was, "in line with the resolve of the Dr. Bamanga Turkur led National Working Committee that the new leadership of our great Party, PDP, shall be in the fore front of the battle against corruption and in view of the principled stand and deep commitment of President Goodluck Jonathan on the matter, the National Working Committee (NWC) hereby restates unflinching support for every step so far taken by government to stamp out corruption."

Also, THISDAY gathered that the Bamanga Tukur led NWC of the PDP will on Thursday night meet with all the PDP senators to assure them of the support of the party in all their legislative duties.

The meeting is expected to hold at the Senate Building at 9 pm thursday night. All members of the PDP senators are mandated to attend the meeting. It was gathered that the party will meet the members of the party that are in the House of Representatives on Monday. The new resolve of the party to back the National Assembly, it was gathered may not be unconnected with the thinking that the image of the party is at stake, if nothing tangible is done to tackle corruption.

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