Staff Correspondent, NewAge, May 19, 2009
The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port on Monday blamed the state minister for power and energy, Shamsul Haque Tuku, for siding with the ‘conspirators’ who wanted to handover the country’s natural resources to foreign companies.
The committee convenor Sheikh Muhammad Shahidullah and member secretary Anu Muhammad in a statement also criticised Tuku for supporting the people, who were involved in the conspiracy and blaming the national committee for the current power crisis.
‘The state minister at a discussion, organised by the periodical Power and Energy published with the fund of Asia Energy and other foreign oil companies, on Sunday agreed with the former state ministers for power and energy, who were accused of corruption, on shifting the responsibility of power crisis to national committee,’ they said.
‘Although the prime minister blames the former state ministers for making the disaster in power sector through looting, the state minister is holding us responsible for the power crisis agreeing with the former state ministers,’ they said.
The committee leaders said, ‘Our main fault is that we are demanding ban on disastrous open-pit coal mining and implementation of the six-point demand, including the ouster of Asia Energy from the country.’
They said, ‘Our other fault is that we oppose the ‘secret deal’ on handing over the offshore gas blocks to the US company ConocoPhillips’.
The current power crisis has not been solved for handing over the gas blocks to foreign companies in the name of resolving the electricity problem, they observed.
They have invited the state minister to a dialogue at any where if he fails to understand the role of the committee against the conspiracy to handover the country’s natural resources to foreign companies.