The House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee investigating the petroleum products subsidy regime from 2013 to 2022, has summoned the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, to appear before it on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, for questioning.
Ahmed is to appear before the committee with all the documents demanded by the lawmakers relating to subsidy claims and payments in the period under review.
The Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Aliyu, issued the summons at the continued investigative hearing of the panel in Abuja on Tuesday.
Members of the committee had faulted the appearance of the ministry’s Director of Home Finance, Stephen Okon, without a letter from Ahmed authorising him to represent her.
Aliyu decried the non-appearance of several invited agencies, calling out the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Services, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Shell Petroleum Development Company, among others.
After Okon was eventually allowed to speak, the director said he only appeared before the lawmakers to seek more time for the ministry to collate and present the required documents.
The committee consequently gave the committee one week to do so.