The Rep panel gives Sylva, Kyari and others seven days to appear before the committee.

The House ad hoc Committee investigating the state of refineries in Nigeria has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva to appear before the committee or risk the wrath of the law.

Committee Chairman Ganiyu Abiodun (APC-Lagos State) issued the ultimatum at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.

Also appearing before the committee will be the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, and the General Managers of the refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna.

Abiodun said the committee was forced to issue the ultimatum after officials failed to comply with three invitations sent to them earlier.

“We are compelled to hold this press conference due to the continued refusal and blatant disregard by the NNPC GMD, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the General Managers of the Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna Refineries of invitations to appear. before the committee.

“We view this continued refusal and neglect to appear before the committee as disrespectful to the leadership of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The committee is concerned that the Port Harcourt refining company  (PHRC) Warri Refinery and Petrochemicals Company (WRPC) and Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemicals Company (KRPC) had been operating at a gross loss since 2010 before they finally closed in 2019.

“This committee has a mandate from the House of Representatives and constitutional responsibility to hold accountable those in positions of stewardship of our resources.

“It is worrying that the NNPC GMD, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the General Managers of the Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna refineries have turned down three invitations to appear before the committee to account for the billions of dollars spent on rehabilitation. of refineries over the years.

“As Chairman of this honourable committee, I hereby summon the GMD of the NNPC, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the General Managers of the Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna Refineries to appear before the committee on Thursday 28 April 2019. 2022 to prevent legal, constitutional and parliamentary measures being taken against them to force them to appear,” he said.

The lawmaker said the committee was aware that the NNPC recently awarded contracts for refinery rehabilitation for the following sums: WRPC $900 million, PHRC $1.5 billion and KRPC $1.3 billion.

He recalled that the committee was formed to determine the real cost of rehabilitating the refineries and what was needed to bring them to their maximum refining capacity.

According to him, the committee is mandated to determine the true state of the refineries, determine the true cost of rehabilitation, and what is needed for the refineries to operate at full capacity.

He said that the committee relied on the relevant laws and the provisions of Sections 62, 88 and 89 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

Mr Abiodun said the committee has asked the NNPC GMD to provide a status report on the nation’s refineries and the actual cost of rehabilitating refineries from 2012 to date.

“The committee specifically requested the GMD to provide the following; an assessment of the current status of refineries in the Country: Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC); Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (WRPC) and Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (KRPC) from 2012 to date.

“Copies of the annual refinery rehabilitation budgets: PHRC, WRPC and KRPC from 2012 to date and a list of approvals/releases of funds for refinery rehabilitation from 2012 to date.

“List of all contracts awarded for the rehabilitation of refineries and award letters issued to service providers and contractors and the Actual Cost of Projects (Contracts) and Review (if applicable) declared in Naira.

“Work Completion Certificates issued on rehabilitation projects carried out in refineries, proof of payments made for all contracts awarded from 2012 to date.

“List of service providers and contractors who handled refinery rehabilitation and any other relevant information to assist the Committee in the course of this task,” it said.

The legislator said that as members of the National Assembly and representatives of the people, they had a constitutional duty to name and demand those responsible.

He said legislators needed to be aware of the problems plaguing refineries in order to offer solutions for a sustainable future and the benefit of all Nigerians.

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