$20 billion Audit Report: Nigerians demand full disclosure of findings

Dr Joseph Thlama Dawha

Nigerians have rejected the highlights of the forensic audit report on the operations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, released last Thursday by the federal government.

The report presented by the Auditor General of the Federation, AuGF, Samuel Ukura, showed that total revenue generated from crude oil lifting by NNPC on behalf of the Federal Government was $69.34billion (about N11.65trillion) as against $67 billion (N11.26trillion) reported at the end of the Senate probe.

Besides, the report also found out that a total cash of $50.81billion (N8.53trillion) and not $47billion (about N7.90trillion) remitted to the Federation Account from the crude oil lifting for the period under review.

According to the AuGF, based on the information available to the auditing firm, the conclusion from the audit was that NNPC and its upstream industry subsidiary, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, would refund a minimum of $1.48billion (N248.6billion).

Mr. Ukura said his presentation was made at the instance of President Goodluck Jonathan, who requested that only the highlights of the findings should be presented to the public.

However, a cross-section of Nigerians, including civil society groups, have faulted the presentation of only the highlights of the report, saying it amounted to a disservice to democracy, transparency and openness,

Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, Auwal Rafsanjani, that the president asked the AuGF to release only the highlights and not the entire report is suggestive that government has something to hide.

“The whole process was stage-managed,” Mr. Rafsanjani said. “Government hurriedly put the report together. Remember there was so much reluctance to even order the audit till Nigerians pressurized them into it.

“After the audit, the report should have been submitted since September last year, but, they kept it until Nigerians began to demand for it. So, Nigerians are not satisfied with the report. It does not meet the minimum standard for transparency and accountability.”

The Lead Director, Centre for Social Justice, CENSOJ, Eze Onyekpere, said Nigerians deserved to be given the details of the findings to enable them make their objective decision on what’s going on.

“There is no reason why the whole report should not be in the public domain,” Mr. Onyekpere said. “The report of the audit should not be given in snippets. Most Nigerians are all reasonable and matured enough to read and draw their independent conclusions.

Though he supported the idea of the Auditor General, as the Chief auditor of the federation” studying the report, Mr. Ukura said the report should equally be available in the public domain for their appraisal.

“There are many Nigerians not in government, who are auditors, who can give government their own independent recommendations.

“The report should published through the website of the Federal Government, Federal Ministries of Finance, Information or Office of Accountant General and Auditor General, so that as the Auditor General is studying the report as a technocrat to make his own recommendations, Nigerian would also study to make their input,” he said.

For the ‎Chief Executive Officer, Global Analytics Consulting Limited, Tope Fasua, the refusal of government to release the full report is a reflection of the culture of disdain for full disclosure in the country.

According to Mr. Fasua, if total government revenue for 2013 budget was N10trillion, and the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, alone accounted for more than 50 per cent, government, over time have has refused to disclose the contributions of other revenue agencies like Nigeria Customs Service, NCS; and Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA,
“That lends credence to what former CBN governor, Charles Soludo, said. It seems the country is making a lot of money than government is willing to let people know,” he said.

“The government cannot be said to be running the country when one cannot give out information. The country cannot be run as a fiefdom. The report was conducted with the people’s commonwealth.”

Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, said it was improper to make only the highlights available to Nigerians, adding that it was left for Nigerians to rise up and take advantage of the Freedom of Information, FOI, law and demand for the release of entire report.

But, Mr. Fasua said Nigerians should not be subjected to the idea of using the, FOI, law to access the report, pointing out that it was totally unacceptable to run the country like a jungle.

The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, the transparency and accountability agency in charge of oil and gas industry operations auditing, was not involved in the process.

Asked whether the non-involvement of NEITI would not affect the integrity of the report, the Director of Communications, NEITI, Ogbonnanya Orji, said other government agencies could conduct independent investigations on any institution.

The audit ordered by the Federal Government April 2014 followed allegations by the former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN governor, Lamido Sanusi, that as much as $49 billion revenue from crude oil liftings between January 2012 and July 2013 was diverted by the NNPC.

Though the figures put forward by the CBN, Finance Ministry and NNPC were reconciled, further reconciliation was required to between the balance of $12 billion by the CBN governor and $10.8billion by the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Mr. Sanusi, who called for a broad based investigations into the controversy, had reviewed his figure to $20 billion when he appeared before the Senate Committee that probed the issues.

When Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, announced the appointment of PriceWaterhouse Coopers, PwC Nigeria, to conduct a detailed investigation into the accounts and activities of NNPC for the period, the auditors were given 16 weeks to complete the assignment and turn in its report.

The report was behind the September 2014 deadline by a few weeks. But, the Federal appeared to have dragged its feet on the decision to make the report public, stirring demands by concerned Nigerians for its release.

Apart from the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, who made the call on government to publish the report, the former Vice President of the World Bank, Oby Ezekwesili also joined to demand for the report.

The former CBN governor, Chukwuma Soludo, also touched on the issue in his recent article accusing the managers of the Nigerian economy of not accounting for several billions of oil money.


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  • amazing2012

    Government of the thieves, for the thieves by the thieves ! Supported by blinds, accepted by slaves !!

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Whoever is not satisfied caN go to court

    • endingNaija

      President Jonathan, what is wrong if you are asked to make PUBLIC a report on the country’s stolen fund? What is wrong with that President Jonathan? Dont you want us to END the corrupt Naija under your watch President Jonathan? Just musing and asking. Kindly answer. Thanks.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Also ask for the details of what he does in his bedroom and when last he did it. Meddle some interlopers, you all are Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • endingNaija

          Is it possible that the 70 million Naira Madam Diezani Alison Madueke gave to you Goodluck Jonathan and your campaign rally in Bayelsa state came from this country’s 20 billion NNPC money which Diezani Alison Madueke stole? Just asking President Jonathan. Can you answer please? Nigerians want to know as we END the corrupt Naija under your watch

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Still very sick
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            Why are you this angry President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan? Just because Nigerians ask if the 70 million Naira your woman -Madam Diezani Alison -Aluko-Madueke gave you came from the 20 billion dollars of the nation’s money she stole in NNPC? You should not be this angry. It is not your money. It s the country’s money and we are just trying to ENDnaija your corrupt Goodluck Jonathan way. Or do you want to conduct another “FORENSIC” “investigation” into the 70 million Naira your woman -Diezani-gave to you for your rally in Bayelsa? Just asking.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Now confirmed incurable
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            Just because we need to ask our money from Diezani Alison Jonathan-Aluko-Madueke?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Just heard that your new habitat is the Anus, hence
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          • endingNaija

            Ah BlackieUmokri just because you do not want to redeem the truth about your Madam D and her multilateral activities?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            How is the gay business
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          • Ayede Ogbese Marginalisation

            You should be ashamed of yourself. We’re discussing an issue that affects a whole generation here including your bastard self and you’re making slight of it. How much could you have been given that could be more than the sufferness, deprivation and neglect of your people especially Children in the country? We know what oil money has done in the transformation of lives of the people in other countries but the case of Nigeria has been really sordid. Other countries are busy building palaces with architectural pieces of panoramic views with a good future for their people whilst a few clique are just enriching themselves with it in Nigeria. Aluko Madueke must know this and Deziani with her pretentiously criminal pretty face will answer to mother earth one day. The blood of Nigerians will ask all of them.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You think like a gay too
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          • endingNaija

            BlackieUmokri , are you really saying that we should not redeem the truth about Madam Diezani Alison-Aluko-Jonathan Madueke? This woman will not cease to amaze Nigerians. Can you see the list of names she carries? That says a lot about her moral health!!! So my broda BlackieUmokri, let us redeem the truth about this “amazingly” queer woman in the eye of our ever ready President!!!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You will never even qualify to be her shoe shin er so don’t die out of envy Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            I go laaafu tire. Did you mean our amazingly queer Diezani Alison ALUKO-JONATHAN-Madueke? Anyway by the way who are (i) Aluko, (ii) Jonathan (iii) Madueke? Three names AT ONE TIME! Dis your madam na real wa na real madam!!! Anyway, where is Aluko? Can you tell us where he is? Just asking!!! Na wa 4 una. A single shame yu do not have. Not one! Three names, and una wan use boldface cover am!!! Make I repeat -three names-ALUKO-JONATHAN-MADUEKE for just one madam! Dis una naija na real naija !!! Di woman dey do dis kind ting, and e no care sef say e get pikin! Dis una naija na wonder naija-minista!!!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Jealousy jealousy
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          • endingNaija

            I hear say Madam vex because Aluko do someting. Na true? And wetin madam pikins talk? Una no get shame at all. A so-called minista is so shameless and does all kinds of things all over the place before her children and she does not give a damn like JONATHAN! So bottom line is money? Madam does not care what her children will think doing dat kind of useless things with three names-ALUKO-JONATHAN-MADUEKE. Shame! Remember your children!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            It is your fault you got married to a gorrila face wife
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          • endingNaija

            What do Madam Diezani’s children think of these three names(and others behind the scene):Aluko, Jonathan, Madueke?

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      Now we must go to court? That implies there are more questions than answers. A big fish market is in progress here…

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Don’t you believe in the courts
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        • endingNaija

          Rather President Jonathan, I think we need another “FORENSIC” examination of the 70 million Naira your woman Diezani Alison -Aluko-Madueke gave you for your rally in Bayelsa state. What do you think Mr. President? We want to “FORENSICALLY” examine if the 70 million naira is part of the 20 billion dollars. “Forensic” examination is cooooool you know!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Don’t you think you need to be forensically determined too, whether you are human or animal Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            Since we are in search of our 20 billion dollars stolen by Diezani Alison Aluko Madueke and the 70 million Naira she gave you as her man, we will need to start with the two of you -President Jonathan and Diezani Alison -Aluko-Madueke!!!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            How many joy sticks have they deep ed in your smelly anus, to date Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • endingNaija

            You see we need to do a “FORENSIC” examination of the 70 million naira Madam Diezani Alison-Aluko-Jonathan-Madueke gave to her man Mr. Goodluck Jonathan for the Bayelsa rally ? What do you think Madam Diezani pikin?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You anus is now oversize fit for a horse joy stick
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Lemmuel Odjay

          I thot d courts were for d Buharis of this world only…

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Courts are not only for beasts of no nation
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  • me

    Woe unto the day this man Mr Jonathan, Ebelemi, Azikiwe GOODLUCK and his diurnal marauders became the government. Nigeria is the most unfortunate country ever created in human history to have Jonathan as her president. Verily verily i say i am not sure any human habitat can survive the amount of financial, emotional, ethnic and the most atrociously onslaught that this most wicked man and his team have visited on us. I wished i could take all the time i spent convincing people to vote for this man back.

    • logmein2nite

      Don’t blame Jonathan as such, blame the small minded gullible Nigerians. Leaders can never rise above the expectation and wisdom of its people. Plato put it this way; “Every nation get the government it deserves”.

  • warry

    Now the report has been released. They say no release the full report. Let them release the full report. Liars will not rest. Will the report be different from the highlights from it? The truth is no president has displayed the level of transparency in this GEJ in this country.

    • Onike24

      When was the report released? Are you also taking Sapele water?

      • warry

        If no reports has been released, which one was reported, and why are you asking for full disclosure? Your ignorance is the problem of this country, not GEJ. For the first time in the history of this country we had a forensic, audit done by foreigners, yet people are still trying to deceive Nigerians with lies. You should be ashamed that GEJ has been vindicated from your malicious accusation of corruption ,because you want power to go to the North now.

        • Onike24

          I see you went to the same school as mama peace! I rest my case!

  • Etomi

    Very cynical Bassey Udo!!!
    You call cynicism journalism….
    Shior!!!

  • Akhan

    May God never allow these illiterate APC folks to seize Nigeria with this mob mentality.
    Rather than show their compunction for lies-telling that $49b is missing, now disproved,
    they put on a bold face to wiggle out of disgrace and change the topic. What creatures!

    • logmein2nite

      Who told you it was disproved? So no corruption again. Oh what a wonderful Nigeria of incorruptibility, integrity, accountability and clean financial records. Every public officer in Nigeria relies on their meager salaries alone. Good.

  • SHERIFFADEYEMI

    HI

  • SHERIFFADEYEMI

    I AM INTRESTED IN AVE
    N A YONUG LADY TO GET STATED FOR NOW