Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Why graft persists in fuel importation, by govt officials

18 January 2012

A FRESH vista was yesterday opened at the House of Representatives’ investigation of alleged corruption in the oil industry as the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) said there were  abuses of due process by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in petrol importation.           

In the same vein, while the Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, did not pointedly admit that there was a petrol subsidy “cabal,” she said  that  there were manipulations in the oil sector.

The Deputy Comptroller in charge of Accounts and Tariffs, Julius Ndubuisi Nwaogu, who represented the Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko, disclosed that Customs had no access to the vessels that bring in Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol to the country.

According to him, these big vessels do not get to the shores but discharge from the high sea where smaller vessels would go to trans-load.

He said the Customs could not determine the quantity of refined products imported.

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