The management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has risen in strong defense of the corporation and her integrity over the alleged N3.235 trillion unremitted to the Federation Account in 2014.
The Corporation said that the only reconcilable amount it owed the Federation Account as at January 2015 Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting report was N326,142,137,205.79…not the N3.23Trillion alleged by the AuGF.”
Group Executive Director and chief financial officer of the corporation, Mr. Isiaka Abdulrazaq, in a statement Wednesday referred to the report presented to the Senate by the Auditor-General of the Federation (AuGF) as “erroneous”, noting that the clarification became necessary in order to safeguard the integrity of the corporation.
He said: “The Auditor General of the Federation (AuGF) declared to the National Assembly on the 14th of March 2016 that NNPC has failed to remit the sum of N3.235 trillion to the Federation Account for the period ended 31st December 2014,” the statement read.
“NNPC wishes to state in strong terms that the AuGF’s declaration is erroneous. It should also be noted that although this period is before the new NNPC management was appointed in August 2015, the management still deems it fit and important to correct any misinformation about the activities of the corporation as this will adversely affect its current and future financial and operational plans if not corrected.”
“The declaration by the auditor-general may have been borne out of misunderstanding of how revenues from crude oil and gas sales are remitted into the federation account.”
“Proceeds from sales of crude oil are remitted to the federation account after deducting the cost associated with the supply and distribution”.
He also noted in the statement that the new management of the Corporation, upon assumption of office in August 2015, “identified all legacy claims issues between NNPC and the federation and engaged with the Federal Ministry of Finance to resolve the issues by inviting the appointed forensic auditors to conclude the previous forensic audits on these claims and the final report on this is expected soon.”
Mr. Abdulrazaq listed the costs incurred by the NNPC in the course of her operations to include the following: subsidy, crude oil and petroleum product losses, pipeline repairs and maintenance cost.
“The total amount of subsidy that have been approved and certified by PPPRA for the period of January 2012 to December 2014 was N2.34trillion. An additional N7.96Billion subsidy claim is still under reconciliation.
“Losses from crude oil and petroleum products as a result of vandalism on its network of pipelines for the period of January 2012 to December 2014 were N202.68Billion.
“Petroleum Product Strategic Holding Cost and Pipeline Repairs and Maintenance Cost for the period of January 2012 to December 2014 amounted to N358.88Billion.