By Suzan Nwachukwu, Abuja
The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has reiterated its support for the proposed review of the Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at its meeting held on Wednesday, 13th December, 2017.
In a press statement signed by RMAFC’s spokesperson, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed and made available to LEADERSHIP recently, the commission viewed the move by the Federal Government as a welcome development and commendable.
It noted the commission in its constitutional responsibility of monitoring revenue accruals into and disbursement of revenue from the Federation Account had been consistently calling for the review of these contracts for the past seven (7) years adding that these contracts have never been reviewed nine (9) years after both conditions stipulated in the relevant provision of the Act have elapsed, thereby leading to the huge revenue loss of about $21 billion by the Country in the last 20 years as recently revealed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
It would be recalled that Dr Kachikwu recently announced that the government had approved steps to amend Section 17 of the Deep Offshore and Inland basin Production Sharing Contracts Act, 1999 which specifically provides that the 1993 PSCs should be reviewed once the price of crude oil exceeds $20 a barrel or fifteen (15) years after the contracts i.e. 2008. To this end, the Commission advised that Government should take appropriate steps to ensure the review of these agreements with due diligence.
Similarly, the statement recalls that in April, 2016, it drew the attention of Government to the fact that three main contract types namely Joint Venture, Production Sharing and Service Contracts were in use in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry. “
Having carefully examined the fiscal terms of each contract and the associated revenue inflow into the Federation Account therefrom, the Commission lamented that the Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) as represented by the 1993 PSC’s which should have been renegotiated as far back as 2008 has yet to be done, thus causing the Federation Revenue losses due to the unfavourable terms of the contracts.” it read in part.
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