The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has received a veiled threat from the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream probing alleged N5 trillion subsidy paid by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to oil marketers in private.
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The committee’s chairman, Senator Kabir Marafa while expressing the panel’s anger at Adeosun’s absence at its public hearing on Monday, threatened the minister with fight and walked out her representative, a director in the ministry of finance.
Marafa said, “Director? Not even the permanent secretary, so because she is called to the villa she cannot send a permanent secretary
“With due respect to your personality, I would reject your presentation. We want you to communicate to her the displeasure of this committee.
“This is an indication of disrespect. When the minister of state to petroleum resources is unable to attend, he sends the permanent secretary. And somebody feels she cannot come, and cannot send her permanent secretary? If she is bigger than this institution, let us know that she is bigger. Let us flex muscles and see who is bigger.”