REPS TO PROBE PETROLEUM MINISTER'S N10BN PRIVATE JET MAINTENANCE COST
The House of Representatives is to launch investigation into the alleged N10 billion maintenance, crew allowances and hanger costs of the petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Maduekwe's private jet within the last two years.
The House frowned at the over N3 billion cost for the maintenance of the jet, "which is used solely for her personal needs and those of her immediate family."
To this end, the House asked its public account committee to forge ahead with its preliminary investigation on the matter, in the face of the acute shortage of budgetary allocations to the ministries and agencies.
The legislators arrived at this position following a motion by Rep Samuel Babatunde Adejare (APC Lagos), who expressed concern that despite "the dwindling national revenue which has reduced the quality of governance and deprived the people of dividends of democracy, an official of government could waste public funds on such luxury for extra official use.
"There are strong indications that the above expenditure is only a tip of the iceberg, as several other billions of naira have been allegedly wasted on flying jets all over the world obviously for the leisure of the minister and her immediate family on trips that are of no benefits to the country," said Rep Adejare.