The Chairman, Finance Commissioners Forum, Mr Timothy Odah, said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) accepted that it owe the Federation Account.
Odah, the Commissioner for Finance in Ebonyi State, made the revelation in Abuja when he briefed newsmen on the outcome of Friday’s monthly Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting.
He said the NNPC representative at the meeting admitted that the organisation owed the federation, and acknowledged not remitting the exact amount it generated.
The governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) wrote a letter to the president, that NNPC failed to remit $49.8 billion to the Federation Account between 2012 to date.
Odah, however, said the actual amount of its indebtedness would be determined at the next FAAC meeting.
“The NNPC has admitted that truly they owe the Federation Account and by that information, we referred the deliberation on the figure of what they say they owe to the next FAAC meeting.
“This is so that the technical committee will be able to examine NNPC accounts before we will be able to publicise or accept the figure they have quoted,’’ he said.
Odah said the NNPC’s acknowledgment of its indebtedness to the Federation Account over revenue it had failed to remit was “important’’ and described it as a welcome development.
Odah also said the FAAC technical sub-committee would begin to work on measures to further scrutinise remittances by the NNPC in order to avoid such occurrences in future.