Senate directs accountant General to investigate $18b NLNG dividend
Senate directs accountant General to investigate $18b LNG dividend
The Chairman Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) has advised the Accountant General of the Federation Mr.Ahmed Idris to investigate the payment of the sum of $18,323,032,261.03(over $18billion) as dividend from Nigerian investment in the Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) between 2004 and 2020.
The chairman gave the directives following disclosures from NLNG officials during the 5-Day Senate Committees on Finance and National Planning consideration of the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper.
The Accountant General was mandated to investigate among other things if the amount was actually remitted to NNPC, how much was actually remitted to the Federation Account, if there is any deduction by NNPC, how much was deducted and who authorized the deductions and the exchange rates applied for the amount that was remitted over the years under consideration.
Mrs. Eyono Fatai –William, the General Manger(External Relations and Sustainable Development) of NLNG has presented a financial summary of the company from 1999-2019 indicating that it had paid a dividend of over $18 billion to Nigeria from 2004-2019 stressing that NLNG is committed to a culture of transparency and integrity.
Adeola inquired from the Accountant General of the Federation if he can confirm the payment of the humongous dividends to the Federation Account, he said it is difficult to determine with any certainty immediately as the dividend is usually paid to NNPC who are the representative of Nigeria in the company.
The chairman therefore advised the Accountant General to investigate the payment and report back to the Senate in two weeks.
Nigeria through NNPC have about 53% shareholding in Nigeria LNG Limited.