House of Representatives yesterday declined to consider the report allegedly indicting the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke and others in the allocation of seven Oil Mining Leases, OMLs.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the report of the committee could not be considered on the floor of the House because many of the lawmakers said they were not given the copy to study to make informed contributions.
It would be recalled that in 2014, the House set up an ad-hoc committee to probe into the alleged shady deals involving the former minister and other corporate entities namely: the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC; Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC; Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC; Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Ltd and Septa Energy Ltd in respect to the Farm-out or allocation of OMLs 4, 26, 30, 34, 38, 41 and 42.
The report of the investigation was submitted and laid before the House since February 13, 2015 by the chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Hon. Ajibola Muraina.
At Tuesday’s plenary, a motion for the consideration of the report was moved by Hon. Muraina, but it was rejected.
In one of its recommendations, the committee suggested that a clean bill of health should be extended to all those involved in the allocation of the OMLs.
‘’That a clean bill of health be given to all the parties involved in this transaction as the entire transaction conformed to all the applicable laws,’’ the committee said in one of its recommendations.
It also suggested that operators in the oil industry should deliberately encourage transparency in their operations in order to avoid unnecessary suspicions.