Senate draws battle line with NNPCL boss Kyari over 12 trillion naira spending on refineries

The Senate on Wednesday ensured that the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPCL), Mele Kyari, and other chief executives of the company were sacked and prosecuted for allegedly spending N12 trillion on restoration and maintenance. promised. (TAM) Comatose refineries across the country.

The Red Chamber of Commerce and Industry noted that more than 12 trillion naira has been spent on TAM, with a record of more than $592 million, €4.8 million and £3.4 million spent on TAM between 2010 and 2023. However, the refinery is not operational.

The threat was made by the Senate Select Committee investigating various TAM projects in Nigerian refineries during a dialogue session with NNPCL management and other executives in the petroleum sector.

Among the institutions invited were the NNPCL, the Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), and the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), whose chief executives did not appear but sent representatives to serve on their behalf. This includes people whom the association has threatened with dismissal and imprisonment. ) and its subsidiaries.

Chairman of the Select Committee, Senator Isa Jibrin (APC, Kogi East), said many voices have been heard on the rehabilitation efforts, with huge amounts being spent on operating materials for idle refineries. He pointed out that

He made it clear that there are many breaches and he wants to know all the solutions.

“We will seek refunds and the removal of all CEOs involved in the restoration effort,” he said. We sent them an invitation requesting documents more than two weeks ago, but the documents have not been released even after two weeks. Therefore, we would like the Chief Executive to be present.

“What is even more worrying is that between 2010 and 2020, a total of N4.8 trillion was said to have been spent on operating expenses. How are similar costs incurred? How do they come up with operating costs? We need to know.

“These are the issues that Nigerians want to know about. They want solutions to all these leaks. We know they are leaks. Whether you accept it or not, Leakages exist, and they are all forms of compromise within various facilities.

“We know and will not hesitate to escalate to the highest possible level, including refunds, outright termination, and even possible imprisonment of the heads of some of these institutions.” emphasized.

Sen. Yahaya Abdullahi (D-Kebbi South) also said officials who appeared before the committee on behalf of their bosses should be sent back and told to appear directly to the top executive.

Senator Sumaila Kawu (NNPP, Kano South) said: “We’re not in the Senate for a personal function. We represent the entire Congress. We’re in very serious business. We’re independent. . We can do whatever it takes to protect our people.”

He told representatives appearing on behalf of the chief executive: “I’m going to pause this exchange until you’re all ready. We have 100 ways to accomplish our legislative work.” They just wanted to give you a fair hearing, and you have to respect the Constitution.”

Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe Central) added that the committee was aimed at chiefs and chief executives and not their representatives.

He said: “A new date for the submission of both hard-copy and soft-copy documents and the date of the meeting that the chief executive must attend will need to be agreed.”

Each government agency had until Tuesday to submit documents before a meeting with the chief executive.


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