Appear In 24 Hours Or Face Sanctions, Senate Tells NAPIMS GMD
When the Senate in Nigeria wants anyone to come before it for briefing, the lawmakers there know how to make it happen.
The Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment and Management Service (NAPIMS), Roland Ewubare, is on their raider.
They want him to appear in the next 24 hours or risk being slammed with sanctions for shunning the Senate's invitation.
It is the Senate Committee on Local Content that gave the order on Wednesday.
The Chairman of the committee, Senator Solomon Adeola, said Ewubare is expected to appear before the committee to explain the huge variations associated with the $16 billion Egina Deep Sea Oil Project.
Adeola decried that it is becoming a tradition in the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its subsidiaries to treat the National Assembly invitations with levity.
"The committee would no longer tolerate such.
"Henceforth, we will not deal with ‘lieutenants of these agencies without their heads or cogent reasons in advance.
"NAPIMS has sent three General Managers as representatives to the committee after it received an invitation three weeks ago for appearance of the Group General Manager.
"He was invited to throw light on submissions made by Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd handling the Egina project but we have not seen him since the invitation was sent three weeks ago," he said.
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The Vice Chairman of the Committee, Senator Godswill Akpabio, according to the statement, expressed displeasure over the inability of the GMD to come in person.
He said it is important for him to appear and answer questions on issues relating to how Nigerians are being shortchanged by foreign companies and their local collaborators.