Friday, September 29, 2023

We Didn’t Pay N20bn To Ghost Consultants – NNPC

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited has denied the rumour that it gave out N20 billion to non-existing consultants.

In a statement made by its spokesperson Garba Deen Muhammad, the corporation maintained it always follows global best practices when engaging consultants.

“The NNPC Ltd wishes to state that as a responsible corporate organization, it does not have or deal with ghost consultants,” Muhammad said.

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“At NNPC Ltd, the process of engaging consultants whenever the need arises is clear and verifiable and follows global best practices.

“It is therefore unfortunate that for whatever reason, the said online platform would make such & a grievous allegation, mindless of the consequences of such actions. The claim of a missing N20bn is absolutely false and baseless.

“The NNPC Ltd therefore demands that Sahara Reporters retracts the said publication immediately, and going forward, the platform should verify its facts before going to press.”

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Commenting on the allegation of the Ogun State Government claiming a back duty tax liability of about N18bn, against a subsidiary of the corporation, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Muhammad explained that PPMC had objected and challenged the claim through its Tax Consultant.

He stated that the Ogun State Government took the matter to court which is not unusual In business circles and that NNPC Limited will prove its case accordingly.

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