NNPC Insists it Was Not Indicted, Brings Out Further Proof

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reiterated that it was not indicted by the forensic report recently released.
It explained that the $1.48 billion in question was an amount since being disputed.
A source at the corporation disclosed to DataMania Consult that former oil wells owned by Shell and were given to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), out of which Signature Bonus was applied. The amount is what, the NNPC said is at dispute.
NNPC had argued that since the oil wells were not new ones, the principle of Signature Bonus should not be applied. The matter was still lingering when the issue of the missing fund surface, and the audit forensic report captured that amount that has been under disagreement before then.
So the NNPC is insisting that any open mind that actually saw and read the report when know that NNPC was rather vindicated.
According to the source, NNPC does a lot of transaction on behalf of other agencies like the Federal Inland Revenue, NPDC, among others, but is not responsible for kitting same to the federation account since all monies are paid back to the agencies involved.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has directed the NNPC to defray the signature bonuses, taxes and royalties in line with the recommendation of the forensic audit report.
The Corporation stated that the forensic audit report and the Senate Committee on Finance report on the unremitted revenue all alluded to the fact that NPDC reported crude oil revenues of $5.11 billion.
It further explained that the forensic audit acknowledged that the total cash remitted into the Federation Accounts in relation to the crude lifting in the period under review was $50.81 billion and not $47 billion and that subsidy on premium motor spirit and dual purpose kerosene stood at $8.7 billion.
Expatiating further on the kerosene subsidy issue, the Corporation stated that the Forensic Audit Report also clarified that subsidy on DPK is still in force as the presidential directive of 19th October, 2009, was not gazetted in line with provisions of section 6 sub section 1 of the Petroleum Act of 1969.
The Forensic Audit Report also acknowledged that section 7 subsection 4 of NNPC Act empowers the Corporation to defray its costs and expenses including the costs of its subsidiaries from crude oil revenues, though it also recommended that the laws be reviewed to make the Corporation meet its costs and expenses entirely from the value it creates.  
It would be recalled that the Federal Ministry of Finance last year hired the PriceWaterHouseCoopers, to investigate the veracity of the allegation by the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, that $48.9 billion and later $20 billion was not remitted to the Federation Account by the NNPC.
The NNPC had in an earlier report said the forensic audit report on the alleged missing $20 billion unremitted oil revenue carried out by the reputable international firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers has absolved the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of culpability over the allegation of non- remittance of $20 billion,  saying that what is due for remittance to the Federation Account is $1.48 billion Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) being signature bonus, taxes and royalties on the assets transferred to the Corporation’s upstream subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company.
In a statement made available to journalists, the Corporation noted that the release of the forensic audit report has finally laid to rest the controversy surrounding allegations of “missing oil revenue” or non-remittance to the Federation Account.
The Corporation explained that it was not true that it was indicted in the Forensic Audit Report as being speculated in some quarters as the $1.48bn that the audit firm recommended the Corporation to remit to the Federation Account was not part of the alleged unremitted revenues from crude lifting.
It explained that the $1.48 billion was never in dispute as it is made up of statutory payments such as signature bonus, taxes and royalties which are statutory payments that come with assets acquisition.
It stated that the delay in payment was due to the reconciliation processes between the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the NNPC.

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