Senate probes $3.5bn subsidy recovery fund ‘managed by two people’ in NNPC

The senate has set up an ad hoc committee to probe a $3.5 billion “subsidy recovery fund” said to be managed by Maikanti Baru, group managing director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and the corporation’s finance director.

The decision of the senate was sequel to a motion on matters of national importance sponsored by Biodun Olujimi, minority leader of the senate.

Olujimi said the “slush” funds is “too huge” to be managed by just two people.

The senator said the relevant committees should invite the NNPC officials to explain why the fund is being operated and what has been spent from it.

“I bring an issue in today’s ThisDay newspaper and it’s about $3.5 billion budget recovery fund being used by the NNPC. It is earmarked as subsidy recovery fund by the NNPC,” the senator said.

“Mr President since 1999, there has always been a budget for subsidy but this has been jettisoned by the current government which leaves this administration in a dire strait, what is happening is that there is a fund named subsidy recovery fund which is managed by only two individuals of the NNPC, that is the managing director and the executive director finance.

“This fund is too huge for two people to manage. Right now Mr President the $3.5 billion is managed by just two and this is too huge to be managed without appropriation without any recourse to any known law of the land.

“During your remarks after the passage of the budget. You mentioned that there should be a budget for subsidy. That should be brought before the national assembly. By the report, it is almost certain that the $3.5 billion is slush funds managed by two individuals and that is not correct.

“I urge the senate to cause the downstream committee to invite the NNPC to explain why