Why graft persists in fuel importation, by government officials

A FRESH vista was yesterday opened at the House of Representatives’ investigation of alleged corruption in the oil industry as the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) said there were abuses of due process by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in petrol importation. In the same vein, while the Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, did not pointedly admit that there was a petrol subsidy “cabal,” she said that there were manipulations in the oil sector.

The Deputy Comptroller in charge of Accounts and Tariffs, Julius Ndubuisi Nwaogu, who represented the Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko, disclosed that Customs had no access to the vessels that bring in Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also knoWhy graft persists in fuel importation, by govt officials
A FRESH vista was yesterday opened at the House of Representatives’ investigation of alleged corruption in the oil industry as the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) said there were abuses of due process by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in petrol importation. In the same vein, while the Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, did not pointedly admit that there was a petrol subsidy “cabal,” she said that there were manipulations in the oil sector.

The Deputy Comptroller in charge of Accounts and Tariffs, Julius Ndubuisi Nwaogu, who represented the Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko, disclosed that Customs had no access to the vessels that bring in Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol to the country. According to him, these big vessels do not get to the shores but discharge from the high sea where smaller vessels would go to trans-load. He said the Customs could not determine the quantity of refined products imported. The problem of Customs was further compounded by the fact that PMS is imported into the country duty free because of a 2002 waiver by the Federal Government. Nwaogu also revealed that the NNPC was owing Customs N46 billion being the debt from duty prior to the debt waiver.
He said the NNPC had always said that the vessels could not come to Nigerian ports because they could not accommodate them. Nwaogu also disclosed that whenever the Customs sought to enforce due process in the importation of petrol, it was always told to ignore it in order not to delay free flow of petrol into the country. He said the Ministry of Finance had even written to direct Customs to ignore all due processes regarding the importation of products particularly the products imported by the NNPC. The Customs officer said that Customs was only allowed to have access to products being imported by independent marketers, adding that this was even not all the time. He alleged that NNPC has over the years diverted to berth the “mother ships” carrying imported petroleum products to neighbouring countries (Cotonou-Benin and Lome-Togo) and only presented manifest of the smaller ships carrying the imported PMS to Customs.- http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74254:why-graft-persists-in-fuel-importation-by-govt-officials&catid=1:national&Itemid=559
Why graft persists in fuel importation, by govt officials
A FRESH vista was yesterday opened at the House of Representatives’ investigation of alleged corruption in the oil industry as the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) said there were abuses of due process by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in petrol importation. In the same vein, while the Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, did not pointedly admit that there was a petrol subsidy “cabal,” she said that there were manipulations in the oil sector.
The Deputy Comptroller in charge of Accounts and Tariffs, Julius Ndubuisi Nwaogu, who represented the Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko, disclosed that Customs had no access to the vessels that bring in Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol to the country. According to him, these big vessels do not get to the shores but discharge from the high sea where smaller vessels would go to trans-load. He said the Customs could not determine the quantity of refined products imported. The problem of Customs was further compounded by the fact that PMS is imported into the country duty free because of a 2002 waiver by the Federal Government. Nwaogu also revealed that the NNPC was owing Customs N46 billion being the debt from duty prior to the debt waiver.
He said the NNPC had always said that the vessels could not come to Nigerian ports because they could not accommodate them. Nwaogu also disclosed that whenever the Customs sought to enforce due process in the importation of petrol, it was always told to ignore it in order not to delay free flow of petrol into the country. He said the Ministry of Finance had even written to direct Customs to ignore all due processes regarding the importation of products particularly the products imported by the NNPC. The Customs officer said that Customs was only allowed to have access to products being imported by independent marketers, adding that this was even not all the time. He alleged that NNPC has over the years diverted to berth the “mother ships” carrying imported petroleum products to neighbouring countries (Cotonou-Benin and Lome-Togo) and only presented manifest of the smaller ships carrying the imported PMS to Customs.- http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74254:why-graft-persists-in-fuel-importation-by-govt-officials&catid=1:national&Itemid=559
wn as petrol to the country. According to him, these big vessels do not get to the shores but discharge from the high sea where smaller vessels would go to trans-load. He said the Customs could not determine the quantity of refined products imported. The problem of Customs was further compounded by the fact that PMS is imported into the country duty free because of a 2002 waiver by the Federal Government. Nwaogu also revealed that the NNPC was owing Customs N46 billion being the debt from duty prior to the debt waiver.

He said the NNPC had always said that the vessels could not come to Nigerian ports because they could not accommodate them. Nwaogu also disclosed that whenever the Customs sought to enforce due process in the importation of petrol, it was always told to ignore it in order not to delay free flow of petrol into the country. He said the Ministry of Finance had even written to direct Customs to ignore all due processes regarding the importation of products particularly the products imported by the NNPC. The Customs officer said that Customs was only allowed to have access to products being imported by independent marketers, adding that this was even not all the time. He alleged that NNPC has over the years diverted to berth the “mother ships” carrying imported petroleum products to neighbouring countries (Cotonou-Benin and Lome-Togo) and only presented manifest of the smaller ships carrying the imported PMS to Customs.

http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74254:why-graft-persists-in-fuel-importation-by-govt-officials&catid=1:national&Itemid=559

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