Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Subsidy Scandal: FG recovers N29bn from suspects

04 December 2012, 07:44

Abuja - The Federal Government says it has recovered N29 billion out of the N232 billion oil subsidy scam.

The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala dropped the hint in Abuja on Monday.

Okonjo-Iweala spoke during a roundtable at the ongoing Nigerian Economic Conference.

She said that the amount was recovered from some marketers who allegedly defrauded the Federal Government in the oil subsidy payment scheme.

The minister maintained that the recovery exercise was part of government determination to fight corrupt practices in the oil and gas sector.

"Now of the N232 billion that has been put forward as fraudulent claims, some of those marketers said government owed them money. We are right now able to hold N29 billion of that.

"So instead of paying them, we are recovering what they owe us. So, my single hope is that out of this, we have recovered virtually that amount of about N29 billion and we are looking to recover the balance of the total.

"Some of these people are being chased and prosecuted and the EFCC and ICPC are still investigating this."

The minister said that about 50 marketers were being investigated over the subsidy scam.

She attributed the slow pace of payment of the subsidy claims to marketers to the ongoing verification and thorough scrutiny of such claims by relevant agencies.

Okonjo-Iweala reiterated that only genuine claims of oil marketers would be entertained.

"We have never stopped paying because all these issues about queues and so on, of course sometimes the marketers have said unless you pay us, we are not going to bring in oil.

"But we have not yielded to any of that kind of stress or even blackmail, we have continued to do our work and we will continue to pay those who are clean," she said.

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...