NNPC refutes existence of $3.5bn subsidy fund, says $1bn kept in CBN

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has denied the insinuations that it has in its custody a $3.5billion subsidy fund. NNPC’s spokesman Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, explained that, at the hilt of the shortage of products supply at the close of last year, the National Assembly asked the NNPC to do everything possible to stem the hiccups.

Ughamadu revealed that accordingly, NNPC initiated the move to raise a revolving fund of $1.05billion, since the corporation was, and still is, the sole importer and supplier of white products in the country. The NNPC spokesman said ever since, the fund had been domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria, saying at no time was it in the custody of the NNPC.

Ughamadu said the fund, dubbed the National Fuel Support Fund, had been jointly managed by the NNPC, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OGF), the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF).

Source: Daily Trust

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