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How NNPC bribes lawmakers, other investigators – Rep

How NNPC bribes lawmakers, other investigators – Rep

Federal lawmaker representing Bebeji/Kiru Federal Constituency, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has revealed covert activities at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

Jibrin said at the House plenary on Tuesday July 10 that most of the corporation’s transactions are conducted in secrecy.

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The lawmaker was speaking on the backdrop of a new committee being proposed by the House to examine the activities of the NNPC.

“If you really want to achieve something out of this investigation, you need to tear open the issue of production, volume of production. I personally have always believed that there is a bit of manipulation in that. Every year, we project 2.3 million barrels, but there has never ben a year that we are able to produce up to two million barrels.

“It’s always been 1.6 to 1.8 million barrels. And, when you have situation like this, when NNPC is unable to remit money, they will come and tell you they are not even producing up to 1.5 million barrels because they can bring the issue of disruption of pipelines etc, and even sometimes, maybe its internal sabotage.”

Representative, Aminu Shagari, revealed how the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation bribes its investigators. He warned members of the committee to be cautious because of the smartness of the NNPC in inducing its investigators. His words: “I was a member of the committee that was set up in the sixth Assembly, chaired by Hon. Dakuku Peterside. We checked and we saw a lot of things, called a lot of people, even the former CBN governor and other people that came and told us a lot of things. And, we thought by the time we write our report, heaven would fall or heads would roll. Mr Speaker, nothing happened.
“When you are taking on a giant institution like NNPC, you have to be ready with your facts. And, you have to be ready to follow up your decisions to a logical conclusion. I believe that (members of) this committee when it is finally set up, may not really have the nerve to say what they are actually seeing.

“I am warning that the chairman of that committee should watch themselves closely because what NNPC is used to is that they will be picking the members one by one. You know what I am talking about. And, by the time you come to the meeting, you will start hearing different tunes. People will start speaking from different sides of their mouths,” he added.

A member of the House of
Representative Ismaila Hassan, Representatives representing Akko Federal Constituency, Gombe State, said the rots in the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, should be blamed on the House Committee responsible for monitoring activities of the organization.

Hassan said on Tuesday July 10 at the House plenary that had the committee effectively done its work, the shortfall and other unpleasant issues arising from the corporation would not have surfaced.

He said: “As a scheduled corporation is covered by Fiscal Responsibility Act which is expected to be rendering account at a certain time.

“But the House committee that is responsible for briefing the House on the activities of the NNPC. I think this failure can be traced to this committee. Having another ad-hoc committee may not solve the problem, unless we go back to that law and see how it is being implemented and see how the House committee can be checking these NNPC activities regularly. So, I disagree with certain ad-hoc committee because that one cannot solve our problem.”

Also contributing to the motion, member representing Udokwa/Ukwani federal constituency of Delta state said the activities of the NNPC has pulled Nigerians in to untold hardship as states can no longer pay salaries.

On his part, member representing Edu/Moro/Patigi federal constituency, Aliyu Ahman-Patigi, akin the corporation to a cult.

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