Row In Senate Over 3.8 billion subsidy payment probe

The Senate has begun a fresh investigation into the alleged illegal subsidy payment on Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,NNPC.

The probe divided members of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the chamber on Tuesday.

Earlier, the Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti-South), raised a point of order, urging the Senate to probe the NNPC for paying subsidy on petrol without the approval of the National Assembly.

Meanwhile Senate President Bukola Saraki, recalled that when the National Assembly passed the 2018 Appropriation Bill, it requested that the executive should send a supplementary budget that would capture subsidy on petrol and legalise the payment.

Saraki has ruled that an AD HOC committee be set up to conduct the probe while appointing the majority leader, senator Ahnad Lawan as its chairman.

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