President’s aide, and former Senator says he is committed to enthroning probity

Joy Emordi, President Jonathan's Special Adviser on National Assembly matters

President Goodluck Jonathan will not spare anyone indicted by the House of Representatives’ report on subsidy management, one of his aides said on Wednesday as the lawmakers wrapped up approval of the 63 recommendations.

The Special Adviser to Jonathan on National Assembly Matters, Joy Emordi, said the President was on the “same page” with the House.

“Mr. President’s sincere desire of enthroning probity was clearly manifested by choice of men of integrity to be involved and he did not mind crossing the partisan barrier to get his opponent in the presidential election to head the investigation,” Emordi said, referring to the appointment of former Action Congress of Nigeria’s (ACN) presidential candidate, Nuhu Ribadu, as chairman of the presidential task force for the petroleum sector.

“So it is not surprising that the president should welcome what House members have done,” she said.

The House finalised the approval of the report on Wednesday and recommended the prosecution of past and present culpable officials of the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), finance ministry and audit firms Akintola Williams, Deloitte and Olusola Adekonola & Partners.

The recommendations have been greeted with doubt they may not be implemented.

The finance ministry has already terminated its contract with the indicted audit firms.

At a briefing on Wednesday, Emordi said the presidency will collaborate with the lawmakers to “ensure any rot in the (petroleum) sector is fully addressed.”

“The president is poised to sanitise the oil sector and give it a new breath of life through enhanced probity, transparent governance and zero corruption,” she said.

“In fact, such sharp practices in the oil sector were part of the reasons President Goodluck Jonathan moved against fuel subsidy in the first place.

“So it is wrong to claim in some quarters, uneasiness in the administration over the recommendations of the House adhoc committee on the utilisation of petroleum subsidies.”

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