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Senate decries absence of NLNG, NCDMB, others at hearing on alleged breach

By John Akubo, Abuja
26 November 2021   |   2:58 am
Organisations handling the Train 7 Gas Project have failed to honour the invitation by the Senate Committee on Local Content, which is querying alleged breach of the Local Content Act

Nigeria LNG Limited

Threatens full-scale public investigation

Organisations handling the Train 7 Gas Project have failed to honour the invitation by the Senate Committee on Local Content, which is querying alleged breach of the Local Content Act in the implementation of the initiative.

The organisations are Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG), Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Saipem, and Daewoo.

Reacting to their non-appearance, yesterday, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Teslim Folarin, (APC, Oyo), told journalists there were petitions against handlers of the project and a lot of pressure to escalate the matter to an investigative hearing.

He said the committee, however, believed it was fair to hear from the organisations first. “We invited the four of them today. But as you can see, none of them honoured our invitation,” he said.

Senator Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger) and vice chairman of the committee, said the project, which had been expected to boost the nation’s gas output, came under the spotlight, following an increase in the price of cooking gas.

He said given the country’s huge gas deposit, the National Assembly was interested in how the companies could make life easier for Nigerians and increase local capacity.

He said the committee resolved that should the organisations fail to appear at the next invitation (December 2), the matter would be escalated to a full public investigation.

He described the attitude of the four as an insult, saying parliament will not abdicate its responsibility of ensuring compliance with rules and regulations, even as he stressed that lawmakers were committed to the success of the gas project.

According to him, it is parliament’s duty to ensure Nigerians were not shortchanged or taken for granted.

Abdullahi, however, did not disclose details of the petitions against the organisations, citing the sensitivity of the matter.