29 November 2012

Nigeria: Presidency - No Rift Between Okonjo-Iweala, Diezani

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National Assembly.

The Presidency yesterday denied reports of a rift between Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke over unpaid subsidy funds.

President Goodluck Jonathan's spokesman Reuben Abati said there is no quarrel between the ministers.

"I am not aware of any disagreement between the two ministers. I read those stories too but those stories are usually speculative. The cabinet over which Mr. President presides over works as a team and at all times, what he emphasises is team spirit. I am not aware of any open disagreement between the two ministers," Abati said.

The two ministers were reported to have disagreed over non-payment of subsidy to fuel importers which the petroleum ministry said is the cause of petrol shortage.

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