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Reps probe DPR over oil block licenses, signature bonuses

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The House of Representatives has launched probe into leakages in the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, calling on the affected agency to cooperate with it.

The house made the resolution following DPR’s failure to respond to its queries.

An ad-hoc committee was mandated to investigate and ascertain the ownership, distribution and authenticity of Oil Mining License, OML, Oil Prospecting Licenses, OPL, relinquishment, signature bonuses and bidding process.

The committee said in view of time constraint, it would not hesitate to work within the purview of law to ensure compliance by defaulting public and private entities.

The chairman of the committee, Agom Jerigbe, at the inaugural meeting of the panel said queries were sent to a list of affected government agencies and oil companies but the DPR has refused to respond.

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“Some of them have responded, some asked for time to make available their presentations but DPR did not respond.

“This is a surprise to us because this attitude is least expected of a government agency.

“We don’t have all the in the time in the world considering the fact the economy is under some constraints right now, as such all hands must be on deck to put it back on the right track for the betterment of every citizen of this country,” he added.

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