April 21, 2024

NNPC Ltd. to collaborate with NEITI, stakeholders to reconcile unremitted revenues

The Chief Finance Officer, NNPCL, Alhaji Umar Ajia at NEITI House Abuja to consult with the Executive Secretary/CEO, NNPCL, Dr. Ogbonnaya Orji on implementation of recently released NEITI Oil & Gas Industry Report.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd.) will continue to collaborate with the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and all relevant stakeholders investigating and reconciling the financial records on alleged indebtedness to the Federation by both NNPC Ltd. and the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, FAAC.

Olufemi Soneye, NNPC Ltd, Chief Corporate Communications Officer, made this known in a statement released on Monday.

According to him, the latest development is coming on the heels of calls by a non-governmental organisation for a probe of several monies allegedly owed to the Federation by the national oil company.

NNPC Ltd. stated that the claims by the NGO were baseless, adding that NEITI itself had dismissed many of the allegations in the said 2021 report, following a series of engagements with NNPC Ltd.

NNPC Ltd. also said that at the outset of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, it was made to sell Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) imported into the country at one-third of its value, a development that gave rise to an average of N400 billion monthly subsidy bill, which subsequently put a strain on its revenues and finances.

NNPC Ltd. further said, “ The subsidy bill accumulated to up to N3.736 trillion as of May 31st, 2023.”

“With respect to gas-to-power debts, the non-payment of NNPC Ltd.’s share of upstream joint venture gas supplied to the government-owned plants led to the accumulation of indebtedness of N174.07 billion by the Federation.

“Similarly, the receivables due from the federation to NNPC Exploration & Production Limited (NEPL) as of May, 31, 2023 amount to $712 million (equivalent to N309.07 billion at N434.08/US$1) for revenues not remitted to NEPL but paid into the Federation account.

The Chief Finance Officer, NNPCL, Alhaji Umar Ajia at NEITI House Abuja to consult with the Executive Secretary/CEO, NNPCL, Dr. Ogbonnaya Orji on implementation of recently released NEITI Oil & Gas Industry Report.

“While the Federation owed NNPC Ltd. the sum of N4.207 trillion as net indebtedness, the Company was only indebted to the Federation in the sum of N2.852 trillion, made up mainly of outstanding Good and Valuable Consideration (GVC) in respect of government upstream divestments, royalties, and Petroleum Profit taxes (PPT).

“Over the years, our relationship with NEITI has been very cordial, as seen in August 2020 when we became an EITI supporting company, joining a group of over 65 extractive companies, state-owned enterprises (SOEs), commodity traders, financial institutions and industry partners committed to observing the EITI’s supporting company expectations.

“Apart from being a signatory to several of EITI’s global ethics and standards, NNPC Ltd., on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York in September this year, signed up to the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption, thereby becoming the first state-owned oil company to join the global initiative” the NNPCL’mv

Soneye, CCCEO
NNPCL therefore emphasised that the national oil company’s book remains open to all the stakeholders.

He therefore revealed that the NNPCL remain committed to delivering value to Nigerians with integrity and as espoused in our principles of Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE), the bulwark of the Mele Kyari leadership of the company.