Information put up on the website of the Punch Newspaper has revealed that the Federal Government might, after all, jettison the report of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task force headed by ex-boss of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu.
With three months gone, since the Ribadu panel submitted its report, the much-expected White Paper that would make the recommendations contained in the document implementable has not been released. The Punch reported that the Federal Government appeared to have lost interest in the report, the content of which was hailed by many analysts at the time of its presentation.
A top government source has revealed that the Federal Government considered the Ribadu report as “not comfortable” and that most of its “embarrassing” recommendations would be missing whenever the Wogu committee submits its report. The source added, “Right from the outset, government displayed nonchalant attitude to the report. As things are, there are moves to either kill the report or turn down many of its recommendations.
“It seems the government believes what some people are saying that the committee did not sit enough though we know this is not true.” Few days after Ribadu submitted the report, however, there had been concerns that the government would eventually dump it when a presidential aide described it as “inconclusive.” Most Nigerian would like to know, however, why the government is always so quick to set up committees, when they will eventually have to be begged into implementing the recommendations of those committees.
Culled from the Punch