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Declare your share in Dangote refinery, global body tells NNPCL

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The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, a global transparency body, on Tuesday, charged the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited to provide further details on its 20 per cent equity in the Dangote Petroleum Refinery.

It gave the charge during a visit of the EITI delegation to Nigeria, stressing that NNPCL had yet to clarify its equity interest in the $20bn refinery.

The EITI Technical Director, Alex Gordy, told journalists at the Abuja headquarters of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, that the national oil firm should be more transparent, as there were a lot of questions surrounding NNPCL’s acquisition of 20 per cent stake in the refinery.

He said, “NNPCL has acquired 20 per cent equity interest in the Dangote refinery. However, it has not explained what is the valuation of the equity interest in the Dangote refinery. So the key factor here is accountability.”

He said the oil firm should reveal the equity mode of payment, as all that was in the public domain was that the national oil company would pay for the equity acquisition with crude oil deliveries.

“How is it supposed to be paid?  For we know at this point it is to be paid from future oil deliveries.

“But how would that be valued at market rates and the different rates with those supplies of petroleum from NNPC and consistent deductions from the Federal Government revenues? Or will it be from NNPC oil production?” Gordy stated.

Another member of the delegation and Deputy Executive Director, EITI, Bady Balde, said the delegation was in Nigeria because of the outcome of the recent validation of the country’s extractive industry.

He pointed out that the absence of a consistent NEITI board – National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG), had been a major drawback to the country, especially in terms of validation assessment.

‘The vacancy was the issue of concern that led to this mission,” he said, stressing that NEITI data was meaningless without stakeholders’ engagement.

Okechukwu Nnodim

Okechukwu, a journalist with Punch Newspapers, has 15 years experience covering Energy (Power and Petroleum), Finance, Agriculture, Environment, Humanitarian Services, Works and Housing, Trade and Investment, Capital Markets, Aviation and Transport, ICT, among others

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