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AWARD OF OML LEASES: Reps threaten to invite Buhari if Kyari fails to honour invitation, as Senate breaks for Sallah

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By Onuora Aninwobodo

The House of Representatives has accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation of causing problems in the country.

The House has also threatened to invite President Muhammadu Buhari if the Group Managing Director of the NNPC Mele Kyari fails to show up before the Committee to explain the role it played in the revocation and award of Oil Mining Leases (OML).

The Chairman of the Committee, Sarki Adar made this known while summoning Mele Kyari, Addax company and others who were meant to appear before them.

While the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Silva showed up citing the Petroleum act (article 24) which gave the President the right to re-award, he said the ministry followed the procedure in the act.

He faulted the action of the NNPC in the whole process and awarded to Kaztec Engineering.

The lawmakers, who were furious over the GMDs recurring refusal to appear before them when summoned, said the NNPC under his watch has been the problem of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the President of the Senate, after the closed door meeting which lasted more than four hours, failed to disclose the outcome of the meeting with the heads of security agencies,

There are however insinuations that their meeting would bordered on new strategies and funds to prosecute the insecurity challenges in Nigeria.

The Senate also adjourned plenary for 14 days to enable the lawmakers proceed on Salah break.

Lawan, who made the announcement on the floor of the chamber, said the break would last for two weeks, commencing from today, May 6 till Tuesday, May 18, 2021

He however said the Upper Chamber would be holding committee meetings during the break.

Lawan added that on resumption from the break, the Senate will receive reports from its committees on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and the Electoral Act Amendment Bill for consideration.