Dino Melaye Reacts to Finance Ministry’s Allegation; Says it is Absurd.
Executive Secretary of the Anti Corruption Network and former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dino Melaye has reacted to the allegation leveled against him by the Ministry of Finance that the protest organised within the premises of the Ministry was sponsored by indicted oil marketers, describing it as an absurd allegation and an attempt to kill their resolve to fight corruption in Nigeria..
The Ministry had in a statement yesterday accused the former lawmaker after he lead of group of protesters to the premises of the ministry to demand for the explanation as well as the resignation of the Coordinating Minister of the economy & the Minister of finance following the economic plunge she has brought Nigeria to grapple with.
Hon Melaye who took to his twitter handle to debunk the allegation confirmed that he led a group of protesters to the Ministry of Finance to demand that the Minister publish names of companies who she claimed had made refunds of the illegal subsidy payments, accusing her of prosecuting an “imperialist agenda of the west.”
Part of the ministers alleged offense according to the Honourable, “is the payment of N2.7billion in subsidy funds to Pinnacle Consultants, a company listed among the 25 indicted companies, precisely on No. 22.” Hon. Dino stated, “the company is not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and he would want the minister to explain to the public who owns the company.”
He also noted with disgust the climbing Foreign Debt of the country. “She has worked since coming back into office the second time, to make nonsense of the debt relief she secured during her first tenure.”
“We are plunging into debt daily, we borrowed $1.1billion from China last month and just today, the Federal Executive approved a Loan of $7billion to be secured for projects when as at October, 2012 the Minister of Finance has only implement less that 50% of Capital expenditure of the budget.”
“It is a breach of the Appropriation Act and severe punishment must be meted out on her for breaking the laws of the land.”
He said “he is not surprised about this nonsense of indicted oil thieves sponsoring him, saying it is a ploy to dampen his resolve to fighting corruption. He therefore called on the honourable Minister to tender her resignation and if she fails to do so, the president should sack her.
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