NNPC skips Senate invitation

The Senate clashed with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited on Wednesday over the legal basis not to honor the invitation of the relevant committees.

The NNPC said in response to the Senate invitation that since the agency was now a limited liability company under the provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act, the Senate has no legal backing to subpoena it to appear in any form.

NNPC disclosed this to the Senate Finance Committee through the Registrar of the National Assembly, Amos Olatunde

But in response to the letter, the commission’s chairman, Senator Olamilekan Adeola (APC Lagos West), said NNPC is 100 percent owned by the federal government and that it could be invited to appear before lawmakers at any time. any explanation.

Adeola responded when the General Manager, Public Affairs, NNPC, Garbadeen Muhammad, appeared before the committee during the interactive session on 2023-2025 MTEF/FSP projections.

He added that the law passed by the National Assembly only empowers the NNPC to actively participate in the oil industry.

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He said: ‘Your liaison officer has told the Registrar of the National Assembly that you are now a limited liability company and that you cannot appear before the Senate.

“We will call and invite you at any hour when we need your attention. You are a limited liability company under our law. We are changing your status because we want you to be an active part of the oil industry.

‘Call your liaison officer and make the right impression of him. It is owned by the federal government and you remain accountable to the federal government. There are powerful issues you need to tackle.”

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