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Opposition supports probe into Oil Minister's jet scandal

31 March 2014, 07:41Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended a probe by the House Committee on Public Accounts into the jet scandal involving Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The opposition party urged the committee members to continue to put the interest of Nigerians above any individual or party's interest and to rebuff any alleged attempt to pressure it against carrying out its constitutional duties.

In a statement issued in Lagosby its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the investigation into the scandal was of great public interest, hence those who were reportedly piling pressure on the House Committee on Public Accounts should be deterred.

The party said the allegation that the minister has spent N10 billion of taxpayers' funds to “junket” around the world in chartered private jets was serious and could not be swept under the carpet as the People’s Democratic Party-led Federal Government would like to do.

“Scandal is the hallmark of the PDP-led Federal Government and the presidency, hence both may not feel the public anger at the report that a minister, whose most notable 'achievement' is her contribution to Nigerians' burden with her fixation on endless fuel price increases, has been frittering away the country's resources on the altar of unprecedented profligacy.

"But Nigerians are interested in knowing the truth. Since the presidency has shown no interest in unraveling the truth about the latest scandal to hit the country under its watch, the House of Representatives which have taken on the challenge of seeking the truth should not be hindered by anyone.

"Nigerians will like to know whether or not the minister spent the huge funds on jets, who authorized the spending of such funds, whether or not the expenditure was appropriated by the National Assembly and which laws allow a government minister to junket around the world even on private trips,” the opposition party said.

– CAJ News

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