Govs accuse NNPC of fraudulent subsidy payment

State governors have accused the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of fraudulently doubling the nation’s daily petrol consumption from about 30 million litres to 60 million litres and have demanded a thorough probe of oil subsidy payments from 2015 to date.

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

State governors have accused the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of fraudulently doubling the nation’s daily petrol consumption from about 30 million litres to 60 million litres and have demanded a thorough probe of oil subsidy payments from 2015 to date.

The governors have also called for the closure of all petrol stations less than 10 kilometres to the nation’s borders by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) until they are recertified.

This followed NNPC’s excuse that the sudden hike in petrol consumption was due to illegal export to neighbouring countries.

The governors further said all trucks transporting petroleum products but have tracking device installed in order to monitor their movement to discharge stations.

They also demanded that the NNPC must henceforth clearly differentiate its earnings in sales as against taxes before remitting funds to the Federation Account to avoid unexplained shortfalls.

The governors equally raised concerns over Joint Venture Cash Call claims made by the NNPC, and directed that further payments for such should be suspended until the corporation gives details of exactly how much has been paid since 2015.

A delegation of the governors, led by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, expressed these concerns when they met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday night, at the Aso Rock Villa, on his return from his two-day official visit to Benue State.

Also in attendance at the closed-door meeting were Governors Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom); Godwin Obaseki (Edo); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa); Nasir el-Rufai Kaduna; and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi).

The Minister of Finance Kemi Adeousn and the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma as well as a representative of the NNPC GMD, also attended the meeting which ended at few minutes after 8pm.

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