The federal government should take issues raised by the report seriously
The historical lack of transparency and accountability in the operation of the oil and gas sector in our country threw up a situation in which the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Corporation (NPDC) were alleged to have failed to remit $21.778 billion and N316.074 billion to the Federation Account. “Considering the difficulties the government has been facing in securing as little as $1billion foreign loan, recovering these funds will significantly enhance government’s fiscal position in the short term,” said the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) Mr. Waziri Adio. Mr. Adio rightly argued that these unremitted funds should be seen as low-hanging fruits for the current administration.
Details of the unremitted funds, according to NEITI’s latest Policy Brief, included an outstanding $1.7 billion from the transfer of eight oil mining leases (OMLs) to NPDC from the Shell JV and $2.2 million from four other OMLs to the same NPDC from the Agip JV. Others were: $148.3 million paid as cash calls on the transferred OMLs, $1.45 billion and N70 billion legacy liabilities of NPDC, N243 billion from domestic crude allocation to NNPC, and $15.8 billion paid to NNPC as NLNG dividends between 2000 and 2014.