The report of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force (PRSTF) headed by former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, received another knock on Thursday as the Presidency has slammed the report as being badly presented.
This came as President Goodluck Jonathan set in motion, machinery for full implementation of Petroleum Sector committee reports, beginning with the committee on the nation’s refineries in order to boost domestic refining of products and to create jobs. The Presidency, while noting that the Ribadu Report was being overtly politicized, pleaded with Nigerians to be patriotic in their approach to issues.
The Presidency, however, assured Nigerians that corrections would be made to rectify the issues raised and a white paper would be issued and its recommendations fully implemented by this administration. Addressing Journalists, yesterday, in Abuja, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe who noted that Ribadu was encouraging negativism and declared that the committee did not complete its assignment, however called on Ribadu to be courageous enough with names that made overtures to make him compromise the report which he resisted.
According to Okupe, “His claim of an overture to him to compromise the report is perfidious and false. We respectfully enjoin Mallam Ribadu to be patriotic enough to name the proponents of this compromise. If Ribadu claims that by serving on the committee he is on the side of the Nigerian people, on whose side is President Jonathan whose idea it was in the first place to set up the Task Force and approved the appointment of Mallam Ribadu as chairman of the committee?”