BY AHURAKA ISAH And SOLOMON AYADO, Abuja
The Senate Committee on Local Content has ordered the Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment and Management Service (NAPIMS) Mr. Roland Ewubare, to appear before the committee in the next 24 hours or risk the constitutional consequences of his shunning of invitation from the Senate.
A statement signed by Senator Solomon Adeola (Lagos South, APC)’s media adviser, Kayode Odunaro, said the Senate Committee on Local Content gave the order when it sat with 10 Senators in attendance to look into the huge variations associated with the $16 billion Egina Deep Sea Oil Project.
Senator Adeola who is the committee’s chairman was quoted as saying that it is becoming a tradition in NNPC and its associated subsidiaries to treat National Assembly invitations with levity stressing that the Senate Committee will henceforth not deal with lieutenants of these agencies without their heads or cogent reasons in advance.
NAPIMS sent three General Managers as representatives to the committee after it received an invitation three weeks ago for the appearance of the Group General Manager to throw light on submissions made by Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd handling the Egina project.
Speaking earlier, Senator Godswill Akpabio, the vice chairman of the Committee and Minority Leader of the Senate said the importance attached to the information likely to be provided led members to turn out in large numbers saying that it is insulting not only to the Nigerian Constitution but also to the office of the GGM for him to disregard the Senate invitation on issues relating to how Nigerians are being shortchanged by foreign companies and their local collaborators.
Also contributing Senator Sabi Abdulahi, a member of the committee and spokesman for the Senate said Senate is angry that after 21 days’ notice the GGM refused to appear adding that NAPIMS is in charge of a very critical sector of our economy and should be ready to answer the call of the Senate in its efforts to support federal government in delivering the dividend of democracy.