November 28, 2022

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NNPC disowns letter on non – look earlier than Senate as downstream committee summons Kyari


The Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Firm Restricted (NNPCL) , has disowned letter allegedly written by it to the Senate Committee on Finance as an unbiased company insulated from being summoned by any related committees of the Nationwide Meeting.

Disowning of the purported letter by NNPCL, concides with summoning of its Group Managing Director (GMD) Mele Kyari, by Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) on Wednesday.

Chairman of the higher legislative chamber’s committee on Finance, Senator Olamilekan Adeola (APC Lagos West), had penultimate Wednesday throughout interface with heads of varied MDAs, stated NNPCL wrote the committee via its liaison officer in Nationwide Meeting (NASS) that it’s now a restricted legal responsibility firm insulated from appearances earlier than committees of NASS.

Senator Adeola on the interface, particularly advised the NNPCL Basic Supervisor Public Affairs, Garbadeen Muhammad, that NNPC is 100% owned by the federal authorities and it may be invited at anytime to seem earlier than the lawmakers for any rationalization.

However Garbadeen Muhammad on the sideline of look of NNPCL earlier than the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) on Wednesday, advised journalists that the alleged letter by no means emanated from the NNPCL.

“After the accusation on the purported letter, we carried out thorough investigation on the place such a letter got here from and thru whose authority however found that nothing of such was despatched from NNPCL to any committee of the Nationwide Meeting.

“We even probed additional as regards the authenticity of the letter by taking our liaison officer on the Nationwide Meeting to Senator Adeola’ workplace the place the Clerk of the Senate Committee on Finance , modified the narrative from letter to phone dialog.

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“Even at that, we requested for the phone variety of the one that gave such data to the Clerk of the Senate Committee on Finance for required monitoring of identification however not given to us.

“The actual fact of the matter as it’s now, is that no person from NNPCL wrote or known as anyone within the Nationwide Meeting that the Petroleum Business Act (PIA) , has insulated us from showing earlier than related committees of the Nationwide Meeting.

“NNPCL is at anytime able to honour any invitation from committees of the Nationwide Meeting as regards its operations on Oil and Gasoline,” he stated.

In the meantime the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) , has summoned the Group Basic Supervisor of NNPCL, Mele Kyari, to seem earlier than it unfailingly on Tuesday subsequent week by 2pm.

The Committee chaired by Senator Mohammad Sabo Nakudu (APC Jigawa South West), stated look of the GMD earlier than it , will give it required data on steps being taken in opposition to oil theft, dwindling income , dilapidated state of the Nation’s refineries and so forth.

The GMD was represented on the rescheduled assembly by Group Govt Director of NNPCL, Adeyemi Adetunji.