NASS Summons 17 oil companies over N72b, $273m debts to NDDC

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NASS Summons 17 oil companies over N72b, $273m debts to NDDC

ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja

Joint National Assembly Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Tuesday summoned 17 oil companies over N72b and $273million indebted to NDDC.

The summoned was issued by the Chairman of the Joint Committee, Senator Peter Nwaboshi at the end of interactive session with, NDDC, Central Bank and Union Bank.

Some of the Oil companies involved are Shebah Express Petroleum, Atlas Petroleum, Allied Energy, Frontier Oil, Seven Energy Limited, Belma Oil Producing Limited, AITECO Exploration and Production, Dubri Oil, Conoil Producing, Continental Oil and Gas.

Others are Enageed Resources Limited , New Cross Exploration and Production, Pan Ocean Oil Corporation Nigeria Limited, Nigeria Petroleum Development Resources. Munipulo Petroleum Development Company, Prime Exploration and Production Company and Nigeria LNG Limited.

The oil companies are expected to appear before joint Committee by next week Wednesday.

Speaking after the meeting, Senator Nwaboshi said that the companies are invited to explain lawmakers why they will are not obeying the law.

According to him, we have invited all oil companies indebted to NDDC to come and tell lawmakers why they will not obey the law of the country. Some of the have confirmed that they owning NDDC.

He added that NPDC owns N54billion as at when the last calculation was done, Allied is owing $43 m, Pan Ocean is owning $46million.

He also revealed that Federal Government i owed NDDC over N1 trillion.

Nwaboshi, who expressed dissatisfaction with the failure of oil companies to pay NDDC, said that the Senate made efforts in the last Senate to ensure prompt payment of money meant for NDDC.

He accused the oil companies of not disclosing their real budget saying most oil companies tamper with their annual budget.

Speaking on the directives from President Muhammadu Buhari to forensic audit of NDDC, the Chairman of the Committee said that the Panel has also resolved to do full audit of NDDC.

He said, “We welcome forensic audit of NDDC, Eight Senate did technical audit and our findings is very appalling, we are going to our own full investigation. We have resolved to do full audit of NDDC. ”

He also said that the Committee discovers money meant for NDDC in the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) adding that it was wrongly credited into NPA’s account and the Committee has mandated the CBN to resolve the money back into NDDC account.

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