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Fuel subsidy: Senate gives PPPRA 2-week ultimatum

14 March 2014, 11:06

Abuja - The Senate Committee on Finance has given the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) two weeks to submit certification details of subsidy for kerosene and petrol from July 2013 to December 2013.

The committee is investigating the alleged non-remittance of $20 billion to the Federation Account by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The PPPRA management had earlier requested for three weeks to enable it collate all details on the certification of subsidy for kerosene and fuel for six months.

The committee, however, turned down the request and granted the agency only two weeks to furnish it with the necessary documents to enhance its probe into the allegations.

The Chairman of the committee, Ahmed Makarfi, said the committee was expecting the report of the independent consultants it appointed to conduct forensic examination and audit of expenses incurred by NNPC.

Makarfi said that the Auditor-General of the Federation had written to the committee confirming he had commenced forensic checks on the alleged unremitted funds.

He said the Auditor-General had also assured the committee that the result of the forensic check, expected to cover all areas of concerns, would be made available to the committee.

'We want to lay to rest the issue of unremitted revenue or unaccounted for revenue without further delay. So, we want to stand down on other issues that have to do with the other mandate of the committee.

“We believe all submissions have been made except one, the report we are expecting from the PPPRA on certification of subsidy from July 2013 to December 2013 both for kerosene and PMS.
“The report will enable the committee establish how much really were the total expenditure on subsidy for the two years running.

“We have given them (PPPRA) up to the end of next week. They requested three weeks but we gave them only two weeks and two weeks would expire next week.

"The other report we are expecting is that the committee appointed independent consultants to do forensic examination and audit on the volume of expenses you incurred.

-     NAN

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