House of Representatives

By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN—HOUSE of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) has given the management of Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, two weeks to furnish the committee with all information on its operations.

Chairman of the committee, Mr. Victor Nwokolo, representing Ika federal constituency of Delta State, disclosed this to newsmen at the company’s corporate headquarters in Benin City, Edo State, at the end of the committee’s oversight visit, weekend.

He said it was a constitutional mandate for the committee to look at the company’s operations, to raise issues and to get answers from them on what they have been doing.

He said: “From what we have seen, there are issues which we have raised, which we have also asked them to furnish detailed information about on or before August 14, 2018 because some of these questions are not what they will easily answer on the spot.

“They have to look at their books and furnish us with the true information and position and we will also cross check with what we have before we come to a conclusion on what we have seen.

“There are points on which we disagreed, that is why they are bringing documents to us for us to ascertain. That is why I do not want to tell you if there is anything that went wrong or that all is well, until we see all the facts backed with documents because any statement I make to you today, you will use it to judge me tomorrow.

“I cannot tell you I am satisfied with their explanation until all the documents are submitted to us. You were there when they told us that the documents are not ready, because we asked for certain things, which include detailed statement of accounts from banks, their operations and the agreements they have with the people operating the oil blocks with them.

“It is after the receipt of such document that I will come to conclusion, it is not good for me to pre-empt how I feel or whatever I will get, it is not proper until I am properly informed.

“So one has to be sure of what he is saying and that was why we asked them to bring us further information which they have and you were there.”


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