Questioning NNPC’s Dollar Remittance: Lamido Sanusi Speaks Out
Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, doesn’t hold back in demanding answers from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC). His relentless questioning sheds light on the issues surrounding NNPC’s dollar remittance practices amid Nigeria’s foreign exchange crisis.
Blame Game: Petrol Subsidy or Lack of Transparency?
While NNPC attributes its inability to remit sufficient proceeds from oil sales to petrol subsidy, critics argue that transparency is lacking. The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) revealed significant discrepancies in NNPC’s remittances, raising concerns about accountability.
A Call for Reform: President Tinubu’s Bold Move
In response to mounting pressure, President Bola Tinubu initiates reforms to enhance accountability in the oil sector. The transfer of oversight for crude oil sales from NNPC to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) marks a significant step towards addressing transparency issues.
Praise for Reform: Kingsley Moghalu Applauds Action
Former CBN deputy governor Kingsley Moghalu hails President Tinubu’s decision as long overdue. The move signifies a necessary shift towards transparency and accountability in managing Nigeria’s oil revenue, addressing concerns that have long plagued the nation’s fiscal management.
The Crux of the Matter: Transparency and Accountability
The NNPC dollar remittance crisis underscores the urgent need for transparency and accountability in Nigeria’s oil sector. Until these fundamental issues are resolved, the search for missing dollars and the challenges of the foreign exchange crisis will persist.