Reps Reject Unbundling of NNPC

Reps Reject Unbundling of NNPC

…As Ekiti lawmakers storm Abuja over DSS invasion

Chris Steven, Abuja

House of Representatives on Thursday kicked against the unbundling of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into seven entities, as announced by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu.

This was as members of the Ekiti state House of Assembly stormed Abuja asking President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Department of State Services (DSS) to release four of their members detained by the Service since last Friday.

Speaking the minds of the lawmakers, House Committee Chairman on Media
and Public Affairs Hon. Abdurazak Namdas (Adamawa, APC) said the House was unsettled over the unbundlling of the NNPC by the federal government.

It would be recalled that splitting of NNPC led to a strike by staff of the Corporation who shut down its headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

The House had on Tuesday adopted a motion calling on the federal government to reverse the unbundling of the NNPC into seven (7) different business entities.

The lawmakers said: “What we are saying is that the Executive should send an executive bill to the NASS and we would have treated it on its merit.The idea of unbundling is okay but it has to be a process.

“This exercise is actually not in line with our laws. The law provides for the establishment of a petroleum inspectorate. As we speak there is no petroleum inspectorate in the corporation.”

They further hinted that thrice, House Speaker Hon Yakubu Dogara made frantic efforts through phone calls to the President Muhammadu Buhari to send an Executive Bill on his policy towards the reform of the oil sector, which he ignored.

Meanwhile, Ekiti lawmakers have warned that if their four members being detained by the DSS are not released, they are ready to spend their tenure in the DSS, adding that plot against the government of Ayodele Fayose and by extension the people of Ekiti State would not get their support.

Briefing newsmen at the National Assembly complex , the Chairman, Ekiti House Committee on Information, Honourable Gboyega Aribisogan, said the call for the president to direct the release of the detained legislators has become imperative because the DSS would not embark on such action without presidential approval.

He said: “Like we have maintained, plotters of evil against the government of Ayodele Fayose and by extension the people of Ekiti State will not get our support.

“We, members of the State House of Assembly are prepared to spend the rest of our tenure in DSS cell, instead of plotting against our leader and mentor, Governor Ayodele Fayose.

“Gone are those days in Nigeria when impeachment notices against governors were signed on the table of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and this time around, if the DSS is programmed to play the role played by the EFCC under former President Obasanjo, it will fail.

“Also, if this harassment and intimidation is about 2018, we wish to state unequivocally that we in the PDP are fully on ground in Ekiti. We are not playing diaspora politics as being done by the APC and Nigerians should be rest assured that the APC will be defeated once again.

“We won’t be intimidated by any agency of the federal government, the DSS inclusive.