The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has disclosed its plan to engage with the Dangote Refinery on specific issues around the 20% equity interest that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has taken in the Refinery on behalf of the Federation.
NEITI’s position was disclosed in a statement by the Deputy Director/Head Communications & Stakeholders Management, Mrs Obiageli Onuorah on Thursday.
The statement quoted the Executive Secretary of NEITI, Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji to have described the development as a huge national relief.
He however, said, “as a major player in the oil and gas industry, NEITI will soon commence engagements with the Dangote Refinery on the specific issues around the 20% equity interest that the NNPC has taken in the Refinery on behalf of the Federation”.
Dr. Orji stated that “NEITI as a member of the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative with domestic responsibility to enthrone transparency and accountability in the oil gas and mining sectors, is delighted that the Dangote Refinery is coming on stream at a time when public debates on the removal of fuel subsidy have taken a centre stage in public discourse.
“Apart from the huge revenue losses, (NEITI’s Independent extractive industry report on subsidy payments between 2005 to 2021 disclosed over N13.7 trillion naira as having been expended on subsidies), capital flight and other numerous challenges over fuel importation, the take-off of Dangote Refinery with 650,000 barrels daily refining capacity will largely address Nigeria’s domestic demands for refined petroleum products within the short and medium term.
“NEITI salutes the determination, courage and the huge confidence demonstrated by Alhaji Dangote in the huge investments in the downstream sector which will address the issues of product availability, job opportunities and value creation”, she said.
The Executive Secretary projects that the Commissioning of the Dangote refinery will end fuel importation in Nigeria and subsequently save the nation the over $7.3Billion projected to be spent on fuel subsidy in the first half of the year 2023.
Dr. Orji stated that NEITI expects the Dangote refinery to fully comply with the principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) which Nigeria is a signatory.
Dr. Orji advised the Conglomerate to distance itself from a monopolistic business model and embrace corporate social responsibility, openness and accountability which allows for civic engagement and free enterprise.