N10bn Jet scandal : PAC C’ttee in crucial meeting today

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By Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJA-THE House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts will today meet over the alleged N10billion scam on chartered private jets by the Minister of Petroleum Resources,Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Members of the committee apparently disturbed by the deliberate refusal of all invited stakeholders to respond to its queries had to meet today.

It was gathered that as at yesterday,Sunday, the Minister,the NNPC,the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria,FAAN and other agencies of the federal Government had refused to respond to its queries of the Committee that would guide it.

The House of Representatives in plenary had last month mandated its Committee on Public Accounts to conduct a public hearing on the scam and to report back to it within three weeks.

Consequently,the Committee sent memo to the Minister,NNPC, the operators of the Private jets and others involved in the deal ahead of the public hearings .

It was gathered on Sunday that following the refusal of the principal actors in the deal to respond to the memo,the Committee resolved to meet over the issue and find a way forward.

Our source said,”as I speak we are yet to hear from the Minister and others,all what we are hearing is that the public hearing will not hold,but I can assure you that as lawmakers we will do our part of it,even if the need be we will issue a warrant of arrest of those involved,nobody is above the law of the land”,a member of the Committee told Vanguard.

Speaking on the development,the chairman House Committee on Public Accounts,Rep Solomon Adeola Olamilekan confirmed that his Committee would meet today but declined further comment.

Olamilekan said,”all I can say for now is that our Committee will meet tomorrow,today, on the matter and thereafter we will revert back to the House for the next line of action”.

When contacted,the House spokesman,Rep Zakari Lafia Mohammed said that there was no cause for alarm and that the Committee saddled with the responsibility of looking into the matter was in control.

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