The relocation of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) from Warri in Delta State and the refusal of to appear before it got House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), angry on Thursday.
During an investigative hearing in Abuja on Thursday,
The House committee led by Hon. Victor Nwokolo (PDP, Delta), summoned the Minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru to appear before it and explain their roles in the subject matter under probe.
The lawmakers were angered by what they term: “the lack of regard for the legislature by officials of the executive arm which emboldens them to always ignore committee invitations for appearances”.
The resolution to summon Kachikwu and Baru stemmed from their decision to send a low-level officer to appear in their stead.
Dolo Oyekan, General Manager (Legal) at the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), a subsidiary of the NNPC was sent.
Despite spirited efforts to explain the circumstances of her choice as representative of both chief executives, her attempts were rebuffed by members who frowned at the condescending manner in which government officials treat parliamentary invitations.
Similarly, presentation made by the SPDC team led by its General Manager, Business and Government Relations, Steve Okwuosa was stood down for lack of details.
Chairman of the panel, Hon. Nwokolo noted that while Shell claims to have moved its Western Operational Headquarters from Warri as a result of divestment of its major business interests, the actual reason it advanced, according to the Delta State Government, was insecurity of its facilities and non-viability of oil wells.
The panel discovered that none of the stated reasons was mentioned in the submission to its secretariat which amounts to misleading of the committee by SPDC.
It, therefore, ruled that SPDC updates it submission by providing details of its interface with Delta State government and the reasons it gave for divesting interests and relocating it’s operational headquarters from Warri. The company was given until Monday next week to comply.
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