Budget defence stalled as lawmakers turn back petroleum ministers’ representative

A joint budget defence session by the Senate and House of Representatives Committees was brought to an abrupt end as a representative of the two ministers in charge of Petroleum Resources (Oil and Gas), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri and Hon. Ekperipe Ekpo were denied audience.

The session was stalled Thursday as the joint committee insisted that the two ministers must personally appear before them on Monday, December 19.

An adjournment of the session was unanimously adopted, following a motion by Sen. Abdulaziz Yari who said the committee is constrained to adjourn due to absence of the two ministers.

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee of Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Hon. Ado Doguwa, earlier in his remarks said the committee will not accept representatives from the ministry.

The leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly have separately assured Nigerians that the budget will be passed before December 31, in sustenance of the January -December budget cycle.