30 April 2012

Nigeria: Subsidy Scam - Reps Probe Ports Authority

The House of Representatives has started an investigation into the activities of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) following its failure to furnish the Faruk Lawan- led adhoc committee on the investigation of the petroleum subsidy regime with petroleum import vessel data and poor record keeping.

The House unanimously passed a resolution mandating the standing committee on Marine Transport, to among other things, investigate the ports operations of the NPA with a view to determining the extent to which its officials were complicit in the classification of the maritime areas for reception of Nigerian bound petroleum products as "offshore Cotonou and offshore Lome in the face of evidence of vessels never did lighter at those ports."

The committee will also investigate reports of breach in national security as a result of failure of the ports authority which "has exacerbated the importation of illegal arms into the country through the use of private jetties to discharge arms and ammunition which have aided and abated youth restiveness thereby posing serious security threats to the corporate existence of Nigerian nation," the House documents said.

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