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N12trn Refineries’ Turn Around Maintenance: Senate Threatens To Sack, Jail Kyari, Other Execs

rejects representation by NNPCL GMD, oil sector agencies’ bosses 


ABUJA, Nigeria – Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari and other  executive officers of government agencies in the oil sector risk being sacked or at most go to jail if they fail to honour invitation of the Senate.

The oil industry chiefs were accused of serial boycotting of invitation by the Senate  Ad-hoc Committee investigating the various Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) projects of Nigerian Refineries.

The ad- hoc committee  on Wednesday read the riot act during an investigating session in which heads of government agencies in the oil sector were conspicuously absent but represented.

Some of the agencies invited  include; Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) and their subsidiaries.

The Senate raised the concern  that from 2010 to date, over N12 trillion has been spent on TAM. The Senate also said that it has records of over $592 million, €4.8 million and £3.4 million spent between 2010 to date on TAM, yet none of the refineries is working.

The Chairman of the Ad-hoc committee, Senator Isa Jibrin (Kogi East), was worried that  so much have been spent on operational materials on the refineries while the refineries are not working.

The chairman said that they want to know the solutions to all the leakages, as there are a lot of them.

The lawmaker said “we will ask for refund and dismissal of all the chief executives involved in the Turn Around Maintenance.”

Senator Jibrin was furious  that the Committee has  been demanding  for documents, which have not been given by the oil companies, a development that created suspicion. 

“We sent them invitation more than two weeks ago requesting for documents and the documents have not been released after two weeks. So, we want the chief executives to be present. 

“More worrisome is between 2010 and 2020, the sum of N4.8 trillion was said to have been spent as operational expenses. How do you incure operational expenses that have to do with purchase of raw materials and similar expenses on factories that are moribund? How do we come about operational expenses? We need to know. 

“These are issues that Nigerians want to know; they want solutions to all these leakages. We know they are leakages. Whether you accept it they are leakages and they are all forms of compromise within your various establishments. 

“We know and we will not hesitate to escalate it to the highest possible level, including possibility of refund and outright dismissal of some of the heads of some of these agencies and possibly go to jail,” he said.

In his contribution,  Senator Yahaya Abdullahi said that NNPCL and management of other agencies, who came to represent their bosses, should be sent back to tell their Chief Executive that they are looking for them and not to send other people.

Angry by the whole development, Senator Sumaila Kawu said that they know the modus-  operadi of the civil service, adding, “we are not in the Senate for personal functions. We are representing the entire legislators. You in the civil service, we know how you are operating. 

“We are in a very serious business. At the end, you will be at the receiving end. Nigerians are not satisfy with what you are doing and you will be at the receiving end. 

“We are independent. We can go to any length to defend our people. It is the constitution that entrusted you. So, we must agreed how to operate. 

“We will suspend this interaction until when you are ready. We have 100 ways which we can achieve our legislative work. We just wanted to give you fair hearing and you must respect the constitution.”

Senatorn Danjuma Goje, who asked them whether they are the heads of the agencies, added that they deal with heads or Chief Executive and not people who have been sent.

“We will have to agree on a new dates for the submission of the documents both hard copies and soft copies and a date for meeting where the Chief Executive must appear,” he said.

They were, however, given till Tuesday to submit the documents before the meeting with the Chief Executive.



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