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Senate demands audited accounts of NNPC, DPR, NAPIMS, ors

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Senate Committee on Gas Resources has directed NNPC and its subsidiaries to submit their detailed audited accounts for the past three years.

Senator Albert Akpan

Senate Committee on Gas Resources has directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and its subsidiaries to submit their detailed audited accounts for the past three years.

Other NNPC subsidiaries expected to submit the audited accounts are the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, Nigerian Petroleum Investment and Management Service, NAPIMS, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG among others.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Albert Akpan, who made the request in an interface with the agencies, added that the demand was in line with the mandate of the committee in its ongoing investigation into the activities of the agencies.

The Chairman expressed dissatisfaction at the 2016 budget of the Department of Petroleum Resources, saying the N3 billion only earmarked by the agency on penalties for gas flaring, was grossly inadequate.

He also picked hole in the activities of the agencies since their establishments, insisted that the accounts must be submitted as soon as possible to enable his committee meet its deadline given by the Senate. 

He said the audited documents would afford the committee opportunity to know the joint venture funding and cost determination of the oil companies and government agencies.

“From here, we will know also who approves projects and how are the projects monitored and the mechanism for cost recovery and monitoring of the projects, ” he said.

He also tasked the agencies to present the data of the quality of gas flared by the oil companies in the past two years. 

“Give us the submission of the gas that you have flared and each of your operators involved. The quality of gas flared, the operators, the terminal and the related penalties paid,” he said.

Speaking at the occasion, Group General Manager, NAPIMS /NNPC, Dafe Sajebor and the Managing Director of National Petroleum Development Corporation, Sadler Mai-Bornu, assured that the organizations were working assiduously to end gas flaring in the country between 2018 and 2020.

“The percentage of gas flared in the country is of average, seven percent and we are still working on a number of projects to flare out, we are targeting 2018 for us to have a total flare out.

“Those evolutions have  been translated and proposed for better fiscal regime in the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, and that is why we are praying and hoping that the PIB should be passed so that Nigerians can derive better benefits from the oil and gas investment, “the NAPIMS boss said. 

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