Kerosene Subsidy: Lawmakers Argue Over DG Budget Office’s Presentation

The investigative hearing into the controversial kerosene subsidy of Government almost came to an abrupt end, as a rowdy session erupted between lawmakers in the … Continue reading Kerosene Subsidy: Lawmakers Argue Over DG Budget Office’s Presentation


vlcsnap-2014-03-06-11h05m07s244The investigative hearing into the controversial kerosene subsidy of Government almost came to an abrupt end, as a rowdy session erupted between lawmakers in the House of Representatives Committee investigating the matter.

These confrontations came up while the Director General of the Budget Office, Bright Okogu, appeared before the House Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream and stated that the Ministry of Finance “doesn’t provide provision for subsidy payment on kerosene”

A lawmaker took exception to the line of questioning and this led to a shouting match that stalled the hearing for some time.

Some lawmakers told the Chairman of the committee “If your ruling is biased we will challenge you” this was in reaction to an attempt by the Chairman to calm the rowdy session.

Order was eventually restored and the hearing continued till the end of the day. The committee says the hearing would continue into next week.