Thursday, 29 April 2021 05:52

NNPC says has no money to remit to FAAC for sharing due to fuel subsidy

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Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has alerted federal and state governments to its  dwindling contribution to the federation account as a result of fuel subsidy.

It said it would only be able to remit N12.966bn to the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee in June after removing fuel subsidy from its income.

The corporation, which stated this in a document titled, ‘January to March actual and April to June projected remittance to federation account,” indicated that it would not make any remittance for April and May FAAC after paying fuel subsidy from its revenue.

The document, which was attached to a letter written to the Accountant General of the Federation, was dated April 26 and signed by the NNPC’s Chief Financial Officer, Umar Isa.

In the letter, copies of which were sent to Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning; Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum; Director, Home Finance; and Chairman, Commissioners of Finance Forum, the corporation explained how fuel subsidy had affected its revenue to FAAC.

FAAC committee, which meets monthly to share funds among federal, state and local governments, consists of the finance minister,  state commissioners of finance, state accountants–general, accountant-general of the federation and the permanent secretary of Federal Ministry of Finance.

The money shared at FAAC comes from revenues generated by Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Inland Revenue Service and NNPC. However, Nigeria’s oil corporation is the highest contributor as crude oil is the biggest source of revenue for the country.

Recall that a statement by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, that Central Bank of Nigeria printed N60bn  to augment the March allocation following a shortfall in revenue generated controversy with the Federal Government denying the allegation.

An analysis of NNPC’s projection in the document obtained by one of our correspondents on Wednesday, shows that while the net revenue to FAAC in April was N111.966bn, NNPC value shortfall as a result of petrol subsidy was N111.966bn, leaving zero remittance as the net revenue to FAAC after value loss.

In May, net revenue to FAAC is projected to be N171.747bn, the NNPC value shortfall is put at N171.746bn, leaving zero remittance as the net revenue to FAAC after value loss as a result of fuel subsidy payment.

In June, the projected net revenue to FAAC is at N105.337bn, the NNPC value shortfall is N92.371bn, while the net revenue to FAAC after value loss is put at N12.966bn.

According to the document, the NNPC in the letter stated that in January, February and March, the oil firm’s net revenues to FAAC after value loss were N96.86bn, N64.16bn and N41.184bn respectively.

The letter read in part, “The Accountant-General of the Federation is kindly invited to note that the average landing cost of premium motor spirit for March 2021 was N184 per litre as against the subsisting ex-coastal price of N128 per litre, which has remained constant notwithstanding the changes in the macroeconomic variables affecting petroleum products pricing.

“As the discussions between government and the labour have yet to be concluded, NNPC recorded a value shortfall of N111,966,456,903.74 in February 2021 as a result of the difference highlighted above.

“The AGF is invited to note that N111,966,456,903.74 will be deducted from April 2021 oil and gas proceeds due to the federation in May 2021, which will translate to zero remittance to the Federation Account from NNPC in May 2021.”

NNPC wrote the letter as its officials told one of  our correspondents that being the major contributor to FAAC, it had been facing serious revenue challenges in the recent past.

An impeccable source at the corporation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, due to the nature of the subject, said, “NNPC, FIRS, Customs and NPA, all revenue generating agencies, contribute specified quantum to FAAC. But the largest contributors are usually the  NNPC and the FIRS.

“So once there is a shock to the NNPC’s revenue yielding capacity, it will affect the entire federation. On several occasions, NNPC has been accused of not disclosing all the revenues it made.

“Since last year, even before Covid-19, the corporation had a challenge in terms of revenue and this was worsened by Covid-19, as well as the oil production quota allotted to the NNPC by OPEC.”

OPEC, an organisation which has Nigeria as  member, asked its members to cut down on the volume of crude they produce in order to help shore up global oil prices.

Nigeria had to cut down its production from over 1.8 million barrels per day to about 1.4 million barrels per day in keeping with the demand of OPEC, a development that had also reduced crude oil revenues for the country.

“All these variables worsened the revenue capacity of the corporation. So what the corporation has done now is to alert FAAC through the AGF. The Edo State governor was actually raising this issue, although he did not put it rightly,” the source stated.

The official added, “And right now as it stands, there are fears that it may get to a point where the corporation might find it tough to even pay salaries. It is that bad.

“Even last year, there was the concern that salaries for September would not come as expected. The challenge is now coupled with the bloated subsidy, because the NNPC is shouldering subsidy 100 per cent.”

The source stated that the subsidy issue made NNPC to request loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria some years ago.

The official said, “About two years ago or so, the corporation obtained approval from the President on the need to have a sort of a revolving loan from the CBN for servicing some of these subsidies, then the corporation will be making up as it generates enough.

“The committee set up to handle this was made of NNPC, Ministry of Finance, CBN, FIRS, among others. This committee was able to generate enough revolving loan for NNPC to service the subsidy then.”

When contacted on the matter and asked how the government intends to raise funds for FAAC, media aide to the Finance Minister, Yunusa Abdullahi, simply replied, “You are jumping the gun. We are in April.”

 

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