President Goodluck Jonathan today set up three committees to prepare draft White Papers on the reports of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force, the National Refineries Special Task Force and the Governance and Controls Special Task Force, a statement by presidential spokesman Reuben Abati has said.
He said the action was in furtherance of Jonathan’s declared commitment to doing all within his powers to ensure greater accountability, probity and transparency in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry,” the usual government line when it senses public doubt or widespread disbelief.
The press statement said the committees would “study the reports, review the issues raised, and prepare draft White Papers for the consideration of the Federal Executive Council within two weeks.”
Of the three committees, the government said:
The Minister of Labour Chief Emeka Wogu will chair the White Paper Committee on the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force Report. Members of the committee are the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro; theMinister of State, FCT, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide; and one of the Ministers of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed.
The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Ama Pepple, will chair the White Paper Committee on the report of the Governance and Controls Special Task Force. Other members are the Minister of State, Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada; Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar; and the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mallam Bukar Tijani.
The White Paper Committee on the report of the National Refineries Special Task Force will be chaired by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Mohammed Sada. Members are the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina; the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Muhammad Pate; and the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Ezenwo Nyeson Wike.