NEITI- FG Recovers N2.6trn Revenue From Oil Coys
Following the National Assembly’s intervention in the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), the Federal Government has recovered N2.6 trillion in income from oil companies.
According to NEITI, 2.6 billion dollars were still owing to firms as of March 2022.
This was said by Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, Executive Secretary of NEITI, on Tuesday in Abuja at a media and civil society organization engagement on the validation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
Nigeria is one of the member countries that participate in the EITI validation, which is carried out every three years as a quality control measure to determine the degree of compliance and advancement in the implementation of its criteria.
Orji said that the debt collection was made possible by NEITI’s financial report.
“By the time we release 2021 report, any company owing Nigeria we have no choice than to invite EFCC to take over and handle it as an economic crime,” he said.
NEITI’s appearance at the National Assembly to defend its position based on facts it presented, he claimed, was what caused the recovery.
A list of 77 oil and gas corporations that owed the government up to 6.8 billion dollars was recently published by NEITI in its 2019 reports.
The organization had been invited by the National Assembly to appear and defend it by outlining how it came to that conclusion.
Orji claims that as soon as it produced the 2020 report to support this, the businesses that wanted to safeguard their brand names rushed to the appropriate agencies to make payments.
He disclosed that from 77 companies, there were just 51, and the total dropped to 3.6 billion dollars.
“Which shows that from the point we released that information a lot of money came in. None of them disputed our report rather they were giving excuses why they did not pay.
“The money include all taxes and VAT being collected by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and all royalties being collected by the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC).
“NEITI collects nothing, all we are asking is for us to be recognised and offered thank you,” he said.
He said that the NEITI had enhanced the availability, accessibility, and demand for verified information and data in the public domain.
He asserted that the success of the changes in the extractives sector should be credited to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“The content of our up to date reports is very incisive and is shaping public debates,” the executive secretary said.