28 June 2012

Nigeria: Group Demands Sack of Diezani, Okonjo-Iweala

Coalition of civil society organisations yesterday said the ongoing reorganisation in the petroleum sector should also flush out Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and her Petroleum counterpart Diezani Alison-Madueke.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday removed the management of the Nigerain National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and replaced the Group Managing Director Austen Oniwon with Engr. Andrew Yakubu.

National Convener of the United Action for Democracy and the spokesperson of the 'End Impunity Now' campaign, Mr Jaye Gaskia, called on Jonathan to take more drastic actions to end impunity in the oil industry, in particular sacking all the two ministers.

"It was under their very eyes and supervision that the subsidy frauds were committed, the Ministry of Finance was the one issuing all the payments while the petroleum ministry supervised the payment," Gaskia said.

He said the call became necessary because the N1.7 trillion subsidy fund said to have been misappropriated was equivalent to 40 per cent of the 2011 federal budget.

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