Kachikwu: NNPC Op­er­a­tions Not Yet Fully Trans­par­ent

CSOs ac­cuse IOCs of oil theft

THISDAY - - PAGE SIX - Chineme Okafor in Abuja

Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has said that re­forms ini­ti­ated by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to clean up years of cor­rupt prac­tices in the NNPC have not com­pletely guar­an­teed that the state oil firm is now trans­par­ently run.

The Min­is­ter of State for Petroleum Re­sources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has said that re­forms ini­ti­ated by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to clean up years of cor­rupt prac­tices in the Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) have not com­pletely guar­an­teed that the state oil firm is now trans­par­ently run.

This is com­ing as a group of civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions (CSOs) op­er­at­ing in Nige­ria’s ex­trac­tive in­dus­try has ac­cused the in­ter­na­tional oil com­pa­nies (IOCs) of com­plic­ity in the huge theft of crude oil recorded in the coun­try.

Kachikwu ex­plained that there are still a lot of works to be done to com­pletely trans­form the cor­po­ra­tion and make it ac­count­able and its op­er­a­tions trans­par­ent to all Nige­ri­ans.

The min­is­ter stated this in the Oc­to­ber edi­tion of the monthly pod­cast he re­leased to in­ti­mate Nige­ri­ans on the sta­tus of the coun­try’s oil and gas in­dus­try. This edi­tion was re­cently re­leased in Abuja by his of­fice and he stated in it that the gov­ern­ment had though made some ef­forts in repo­si­tion­ing the NNPC.

“We de­liv­ered an open NNPC, we ba­si­cally opened up our books, we pub­lished and tried to be as trans­par­ent as we can, but a lot of works still needs to be done there, but for the first time we de­liv­ered the kind of NNPC that has never been the sort of NNPC that you used to know,” said Kachikwu, on the re­sults the gov­ern­ment had recorded in the last one year.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, a group of civil so­ci­ety or­gan- isa­tions (CSOs) op­er­at­ing in Nige­ria’s ex­trac­tive in­dus­try have claimed that IOCs in the Niger Delta can­not be to­tally ab­solved of the huge theft of crude oil recorded in the coun­try.

They said IOCs had been found cul­pa­ble of steal­ing oil from Nige­ria, and that oil theft can­not be lim­ited to il­le­gal re­fin­ing in the Niger Delta.

Ris­ing from a re­cent work­shop on im­prov­ing CSOs’ en­gage­ments in Nige­ria’s ex­trac­tive sec­tors which they

held in Enugu, the CSOs led by Pub­lish What You Pay (PWYP) Nige­ria, also stated that it was dif­fi­cult to achieve trans­par­ent con­tract­ing pro­cesses in the coun­try’s ex­trac­tive sec­tors.

They said in a com­mu­nique signed by the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor of PWYP Nige­ria, Mr. Peter Eg­bule, that: “It is dif­fi­cult to achieve con­tract trans­parency in the ex­trac­tive sec­tor in Nige­ria. Although, there are le­gal frame­works that reg­u­late con­tracts in the in­dus­try, how­ever, they are not al­ways com­plied with.”

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