Nigeria lost $966m in 4 years to crude oil swap deals — NEITI …. PREMIUM TIMES

Nigeria lost $966 million to crude oil swap deal between 2009 and 2012, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative said Friday.

NEITI’s Communications Director, Orji Ogbonnaya-Orji, made the disclosure in Lagos at a forum on fuel subsidy, organised by Media for Oil Reform in collaboration with the School of Media Communication, Pan Atlantic University.

Crude swap deals allowed the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to trade crude oil for refined products.

Mr. Ogbonnaya-Orji said in 2012 alone, the cost of crude oil swapped was $6.4 billion, while value of refined products returned to Nigeria was $6.3 billion.

This left the sum of $100 million as revenue loss incurred by government.

He said similar concerns were raised with subsidy payment, noting that NEITI’s audit reports disclosed that N4 trillion was oil subsidy payments between 2006 and 2012.

Mr. Ogbonnaya-Orji said in 2006, N219.72 billion was spent on subsidy, in 2007 N236.64 billion; 2008 N360.18 billion; 2009 N198.110 billion; 2010 N416.45 billion, 2011 N1.9 trillion and in‎ 2012 N690 billion.

“The subsidy payments in 2012 amounting to N690 billion when compared with N1.9 trillion paid in 2011 showed a 29 per cent reduction.

“This reduction may be due to the January 2012 national protest against oil subsidy,’’ Mr. Orji said.

The NEITI media director ‎said the transparency initiative audit also revealed that NNPC had claimed that a total sum of N1.7 trillion was paid as subsidy between 2006 and 2012.

“NNPC deducted this sum directly from domestic crude oil proceeds before remitting the balance to the federation account.

“Subsidy deductions by NNPC increased by 110 per cent from 198 billion in 2009 to N416 billion in 2010, and 89 per cent in 2011 from N416 billion to N786 billion.

“The increase between 2009 and 2011 alone was 186 per cent from N198 billion to N786 billion,’’ Mr. Orji said.

He said that government needs to conduct an in-depth investigation into the management of subsidy payments and ensure that NNPC followed due process in the scheme.

Mr. Orji urged the government to deregulate the downstream sector and ensure that refineries worked to their full capacity. (NAN)