The Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), has frowned at the non-appearance of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation before it, saying by that singular action, the management of the state-owned oil company had spurned the chance to tell its own side of the fuel scarcity story.
Chairman of the committee, Sen. Magnus Abe, who was visibly angry at the development, read a riot act to the corporation.
Abe said, “We invited NNPC to come and defend their budget. They didn’t show up. They don’t even have the respect to give any response to the invitation. We are directing the clerk to re-invite the NNPC, Department of Petroleum Resources, Pipeline Product and Marketing Company and all refineries.
“All of them must appear before this committee on Thursday. All of us have our roles in constitution. The letter should contain a strong warning that NNPC must never repeat this before the committee.
“NNPC has never agreed to bring their budget for discussion. This is the same problem we have every year. I’m disappointed that after we agreed on this issue last year, we are still back to it”.