15 November 2012

Nigeria: Jonathan Sets up White Paper Committees On Ribadu Report, Others

President Goodluck Jonathan has established three committees to prepare draft White Papers on the report of the Nuhu Ribadu led Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force, including two others, the National Refineries Special Task Force and the Governance and Controls Special Task Force submitted to him three weeks ago.

Of the three reports, that of the revenue task force had been a subject for fierce and stubborn debate since they were submitted to the president, following a disagreement beween the Chairman of the task for, Ribadu and his deputy, Steve Oronsanye over the process that produced it.

Reactions and counter reactions have continued to trail the dramatic manner in which Ribadu and Oronsaye washed themselves clean publicly before Jonathan at the council chambers of the presidential villa keep, with some Nigerians suspecting that its implementation may not see the light of day.

But a statement by Dr. Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity announcing the setting up of the white paper committees to look into the reports on Thursday noted that the president's decision was "in furtherance of his declared commitment to doing all within his powers to ensure greater accountability, probity and transparency in Nigeria's oil and gas industry".

According to Abati, "The Committees are to study the reports, review the issues raised, and prepare draft White Papers for the consideration of the Federal Executive Council within two weeks".

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