As part of effort toward demonstrating new level of transparency adopted by present Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) management, the corporation has signified in a publication that it had completed outstanding audit of the group’s Financial Statements from years 2011 to 2016.
It was indicated that the audited backlog was since been formally approved by Board of the corporation in line with extant laws governing the operations of the national oil company.
The Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive Director, Finance & Accounts, NNPC, Isiaka AbdulRazaq, said that the corporation had updated its financial statement as expected and that delivery of the audited financial statements would help foster better relations with stakeholders and further promote transparency and accountability in the corporation.
In Q1 2018 edition of the NNPC Magazine, published during last week, AbdulRazaq stated that drive was to achieve clean slate dated back to August 2015, when the current Management of the Finance & Accounts Directorate took over the mantle of leadership and inherited a total of 65 unaudited financial statements for NNPC Group Corporate and its subsidiaries, covering 2011 to 2014.
According to him, there were, undoubtedly, challenges that led to the backlog which may have been beyond the control of the previous managements and the important factor was not to look to the past.
He explained that the NNPC management constituted a Project Steering Committee (PSC) under his chairmanship and that the team met on a weekly basis with the auditors and all relevant stakeholders to identify and isolate key challenges and give them priority attention.
“We saw an opportunity to challenge the problem and resolved to clear the arrears in the shortest possible time.
“With this approach, Management achieved the first step of concluding the audit of the 2011 – 2012 financial positions and presented same to the Board in 2016 and in recognition of that modest achievement, the NNPC Board further mandated Management to clear the remaining outstanding reports for the years 2013 – 2016 and the result today is the delivery and Board approval of the audited Group Financial Statements as at 31 December 2016,’’ he said.
Besides, Managing Director, Nigerian Pipeline and Storage Company (NPSC), Engr. Luke Anele, also revealed plans by the company, which was created out of the old Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), to embark on comprehensive audit of the over 5000km of petroleum products and crude oil pipelines under its watch.
According to Anele, the project which has already been approved by the NNPC Management is to be executed by the National Engineering and Technical Company (NETCO) an upstream subsidiary of the NNPC Group.
“It covers the conduct of integrity test on crude pipelines, the products pipelines and our depots, with special emphasis on refinery attached depots and refinery evacuation lines,’’ he said.
The NPSC MD said the outcome of the project would guide the company in arriving at informed decisions and enable appropriate strategies in the planned Private Public Partnership arrangement for the pipelines.