Senate orders NNPC to refund N216bn illegal subsidy


By Omotilewa Quadri 

The Senate has declared the current payments by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for subsidy of premium motor spirit (petrol) illegal.

It asked the corporation to refund the sum of N216 billion spent for the purpose in 2017 under the guise of “operational costs” into the Federal Government’s coffers.

The upper legislative chamber also asked the corporation to stop further payment of the subsidy, while asking it to pay the arrears owed fuel marketers.

The Senate also resolved to legalise the payment by including it in the 2018 budget even as it called for sanctioning of the officials involved in the illegal payments.

The Committee on Public Accounts made the recommendations in its report on the investigation into the illegal subsidy payments, which was adopted by the Senate at the plenary on Thursday.  

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