Academics Tell FG  To Scrap NNPC, Query N788bn Spent on Salaries, Entertainment

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*says company has become liability 

By; VICTOR DAZANG, Kaduna

Apparently worried about the annual expenditure of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited,  group of lecturers under aegis of Academics for Accountable Governance Group (AAGG) declared as unacceptable   the situation where whooping amount of N788bn was spent on salaries; forex, entertainment, other expenses .

It also challenged NNPC Ltd to explain to Nigerians  how it made a net profit of N674bn and spent N788.7 billion on salary, entertainment and other costs.

According to the academics, there is no place  in the world, where a major oil and gas producing company would have its expenditure  greater than income. 

“It against this disturbing background that as a group of concerned  Nigerians , we decided to join Kaduna State Governor ,Mal.Nasir El-Rufai ;the former Emir of Kano ,Alh. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi  and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to ask the federal government to immediately  scrap NNPC and sell it to individuals ,who can manage it effectively .

The group which disclosed this in a press statement jointly signed by the Coordinator; Professor Fahad Muhammad, Secretary, Dr. Ogundipe Ogunbiyi and Publicity Secretary,Professor Chuka Nwaneri, said it is economically illogical to continue to  declare a ‘mirage’ of profit when expenditures get higher than incomes .

In the statement, the group which queried why the salary of staff kept rising without any productive activities in the refineries said, ” The   situation where  salary spent shows that N236bn spent in 2021 is higher than the N212bn  spent in 2020 ;and where Pension took N150bn, a decrease from the N182bn spent the previous year is beyond human comprehension .

“Most unfortunate is the huge emolument cost at a time when the company has been commercialized with experts expecting a downsize in staff.

“We read some media reports that  N81bn was spent on exchange loss, the cost of converting its oil earnings to local currency which rose by 100 per cent from the N42bn spent in 2020.”

“We consider  it worrisome that NNPC  wrote off N71bn for asset depreciation, allegedly  spent N11bn on entertainment,  blew N46bn on legal and professional fees, spent N390m on its directors with the officials spending N10bn on travels and most disturbing,  is the N20bn it spent on fines and penalty.

“Overall, the company said it recorded over N6.4trillion income which was higher than the N3.7trn it made earlier. While it spent  N5.3trn In 2021 as cost of sales of petroleum products, nnpc spent N3.6trn in 2020. 

“From all Indications, It’s obvious that the national oil company is longer viable and should sold and proceeds used to diversify the economy.”

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