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Okonjo-Iweala vs Allison-Madueke: Presidency denies knowledge of the conflict

As fuel scarcity bites hard in different parts of the country, the Presidency has announced that it is unaware of the speculated conflict between Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allision-Madueke.

The Media has been awash with speculation that the two ministers are at war over the alleged refusal of Iweala to pay subsidy claims by marketers.

In an interview on Wednesday, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, denied knowledge of such disagreement.

There were reports that there was a disagreement between the two ministers over unpaid subsidy totalling N1.13trn which Okonjo-Iweala refused to pay.

A delegation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation led by Alison-Madueke was said to have told President Goodluck that fuel might disappear from filling stations across the country if government failed to pay the debts.

According to the reports, Alison-Madueke and the NNPC management out of frustration requested for the meeting with the President after several failed attempts to make Okonjo-Iweala pay the subsidy claims.

“I am not aware of any disagreement between the two ministers. I read those stories too but those stories are usually speculative. They are not based on any substance and I think we should refrain from this attempt to set one individual up against the other.

“The cabinet over which Mr. President presides over works as a team and at all times, what he emphasises is team spirit. I am not aware of any open disagreement between the two ministers,” Abati said.

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