Corporation to Refund $1.48billion after Audit Report Indicts NNPC

February 5, 2015 3:34 pm
Today being 5th February, the forensic audit conducted by audit firm, PriceWaterHouseCoopers on
behalf of the Federal Govt to investigate the financial transactions
within the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) has indicted
the management of the NNPC for various questionable transactions.

The federal government had contracted the auditing firm in March last
year to investigate allegations of financial impropriety within the
corporation after Former CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi raised an
alarm that $20m was missing from the coffers of the NNPC.

Moreover, according to Premium Times, part of the recommendations in the audit
report includes the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, the
upstream subsidy of the NNPC, refund about $1.48billion to the
Federation Account for various un-reconciled transactions.
President Goodluck Jonathan had on Monday publicly received the
report a day after a former Governor of the Central Bank of
[CBN], Chukwuma Soludo, wrote a long, acerbic article accusing the
managers of the Nigerian economy of misappropriating over N30trillion of
public funds, including several billions in oil money.
The forensic audit was commissioned following allegation by the
immediate past Governor of the CBN, Lamido Sanusi, that about $20
billion oil money was missing from the NNPC.
The Presidency had on March 12, 2014 announced, through a statement
by the president’s spokesperson, Reuben Abati, that it had authorised
the engagement of reputable international firms to carry out the
forensic audit of the accounts of the NNPC.
The allegation that the huge amount had been stolen was raised in
2013 by a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi,
who is now the Emir of Kano.
Mr. Sanusi said as much as $49 billion was diverted by state oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
He later reviewed the amount to $20 billion, and called for investigations after writing to President Goodluck Jonathan.

President Jonathan received the report from the audit firm on Monday February 2nd.

In addition, a Senate probe into the allegation yielded no result. Mr. Sanusi was
later fired by President Jonathan after he was accused of “financial
recklessness”.
The government said no money was missing, but promised a forensic investigation of NNPC.
In April 2014, the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,
announced the appointment of the accounting firm, PriceWaterHouseCoopers
(PwC), to conduct a detailed investigation into the accounts and
activities of NNPC.
The minister said the investigation, under the supervision of the
Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation, would take about 16
weeks.
That schedule meant at most by September 2014 ending, the report
should have been ready. A two-month delay meant the report should have
been ready by November.
But the government only publicly received the report on Monday.

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