FG asks NPA, Customs, NIMASA, NNPC to refund N8trn

NPA MD Hadiza Bala Usman

The  Federal Government has asked the Nigeria Custom Service, Nigerian Ports Authority,(NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigeria National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC), and Nigerian Petroleum Development Companies (NDPC) among others to refund N526 billion and $21 billion which is about N8 trillion that was under-remitted to federation account.

The National Economic Council (NEC) at its meeting presided over by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday  received the final report of the forensic audit of the agencies conducted by the international firm, KPMG and observed that eighteen agencies did not remit the appropriate money to the nation’s treasury.

Other agencies to refund the money include Federal Inland revenue Service, FIRS;; Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC; Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN; Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR among several.

Briefing State House correspondents after the NEC at the Council Chambers, State House, the Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwanbo, who also chaired the NEC’s ad-hoc technical committee on the probe, said the Council adopted the report and resolved to refer those found culpable in the underpayments to the Attorney-General of the Federation for prosecution.

According to him: “KPMG presented the report of the technical audit of RGAs concluding that a total sum of N526 billion and USD$21 billion was under-paid to the Federation Account.

“Council adopted the presentations and reports of the KPMG and the recommendations of its Ad-hoc Committee including a resolution to identify instances where there appears to have been criminal infringements and forward such to the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Legal Committee of the National Economic Council for further action.

“Council resolved to pursue strengthening of the NNPC governance structure to prevent further recurrence of such gross under-remittance by the NNPC and other RGAs.” The Ad-hoc Committee, which also has other members as Governors of Edo, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos States as well as the Finance Minister, further recommended a refund of the amounts under-paid by the defaulting agencies.

Dankwanbo added that “one of the resolutions of NEC today is to extend the audit to June 2017. So the audit will continue for the remaining agencies: NNOC, NPDC, DPR, Customs, Federal Internal Revenue Services, NPA, Maritime Authorities, all the revenue generating agencies and the details of the infringement are contained in the report.

“The most important decision that was taken is that a sub-committee will be set up, which will be an arm of the legal committee of NEC that will look into details of these kinds of infringements and make sure that those issues that are criminal and require prosecution will be handled by office of the Attorney General of the Federation.”

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