Senate Has No Legal Backing to Invite Us – NNPCL
The NNPC Limited, in response to the invitation from the Senate, said that since the agency was now a limited liability company by virtue of provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act, the Senate had no legal backing to summon it for any form of appearance.
The NNPC response was sent to the Senate Committee on Finance through the Clerk to the National Assembly, Architect Amos Ojo Olatunde.
But in his reaction to the letter, Senator Olamilekan Adeola said that NNPC was 100 per cent owned by the Federal government and it could be invited at any time to appear before the lawmakers for any explanation.
Adeola gave the reaction when the General Manager, Public Affairs, NNPCL, Garbadeen Muhammad, appeared before the Committee at the Interactive session on 2023-2025 MTEF/FSP projections.
He added that the law passed by the National Assembly only empowered the NNPCL to be an active participant in the oil industry.
He said, “Your liaison officer told the clerk of the National Assembly that you are now a limited liability company and that you cannot be appearing before the Senate.
“We will summon you and invite you at any hour we need your attention. You are a limited liability company by our law. We changed your status because we wanted you to be an active participant in the oil industry.
“Call your liaison officer and correct the impression. It is owned by the Federal Government and you remain accountable to the Federal Government. There are potent issues you need to address.”