The Senate’s Committee on Finance, yesterday, turned back the representative of Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, Mrs. Folashade Odunuga from its meeting. The committee had invited Kachikwu to give clarifications on gas flaring penalty in 2017 revenue profile.
The minister, who failed to honour the invitation, was said to have directed a director in the Department of Petroleum Resources to represent him at the meeting. When the Chairman of the Committee, Senator John Enoh, asked Odunuga to introduce herself, she told the committee that she was the head of planning in the DPR. Odunuga further told the committee that she was asked by her director to represent him.
Enoh, who was not ready to listen to that said: “You mean we invited the minister of state to come here and the minister of state asked a director to represent him and the director in his wisdom asked you to represent him?
This is unacceptable and we will not have you to represent any body. “It will be difficult to have you. The invitation to the minister was based on a directive of the Senate President for this important interaction which is necessary for the 2017 budget.”