by Ranti Joseph
The Public accounts committee has asked Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke to give reports on the controversial Challenger 850, the jet the minister reportedly chartered for her trips.
The committee, which is chaired by Solomon Olamilekan, is investigating the alleged N10bn expenses the minister incurred on the jet in the last two years.
The committee had said it also stumbled on information on two other jets, including a Global Express XRS, which Alison-Madueke was said to have chartered for similar purposes.
A return trip on the Global Express XRS for example, is said to cost 600,000 Euros, according to information at the disposal of the committee.
Preparatory to a hearing on the issue, the committee has therefore written the minister, asking her to provide answers to some questions.
The letter, which was signed by Olamilekan, asked Alison-Madueke to provide details on the Challenger 850. She was also asked to explain whether she was entitled to a chartered jet for her trips as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The main thrust of the letter was that the minister should prove that she did not commit a breach of public office by spending public funds on chartered jets directing the minister to quote the relevant laws of the country that permitted her to charter jets.