The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have vowed to leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of unravelling the truth in the subsidy probe report.
The groups in a statement jointly signed by the Group Chairman, PENGASSAN, F. O. Johnson, and Group Chairman, NUPENG, Richard Otovwievwiere, together with their respective secretaries, stressed that the facts and figures must be verified.
“These are issues of figures and facts which are verifiable. The NNPC management has already made public that it never received any such payment from the CBN. On our part, we call on all the relevant agencies, including the NLC, TUC and security agencies to take this issue seriously and demand full disclosure of whether the said amount was ever paid, to whom and for what purpose,” the statement read in part.
The group maintained that they felt compelled to respond to some of the allegations levelled against the NNPC, as in-house Unions working for the benefit of their members. The allegations they said, are weighty and grievous and capable of inciting Nigerians against its members and portraying the NNPC in bad light.
According to the group, the Ad-hoc committee on page 97 of its report alleged as follows: “The committee established that NNPC deducted directly the sum of N408.25 billion (in addition to the payment of N981.65 billion by CBN) in 2009, the sum of N407.8 billion (in addition to the payment of N402.42 billion by CBN) in 2010, and the sum of N847.94 billion (in addition to the payment of N844.94 billion by CBN) for 2011 contrary to section 162 of the constitution (as amended).”