Senate Summons Baru & Shell Over Revocation, Re-award Of OML 13
Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has summoned the institution dealing with Director (GMD) of the Nigeria countrywide Petroleum corporation (NNPC), Mr. Maikanti Baru, and Shell Petroleum development business enterprise (SPDC) over the alleged revocation and re-award of Oil Mining Licence (OML) 13 with out due procedure.
The NNPC become accused of re-awarding the revoked licence by means of government fiat to one among its subsidiaries, Nigerian Petroleum improvement employer (NPDC), without the stipulated licensing round bids, thereby shrouding the transaction in secrecy.
The control of SPDC became additionally summoned to explain its function inside the revocation of OML thirteen which the committee referred to ought to emerge as some other scandal like the one resulting from Malabu OPL 245, if no longer properly resolved.
The committee’s summons turned into borne of out a petition to the Senate via the national Coordinator, worldwide Peace and Sustainability network, Mr. Longers Anyanwu.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Sam Anyanwu, talking at the commencement of hearing into the matter the day prior to this, stated the handling Director of SPDC has already been invited three instances however refused to appear.
He introduced that a warrant of arrest would be issued towards the MD if he fails to honour the clean summons.
Anyanwu introduced that the Senate might make certain that each one conduit thru which the nation’s resources are siphoned are blocked.
speaking in advance at the same time as attesting before the committee, the petitioner, Anyanwu, said OML thirteen is an onshore oil block at the jap Niger Delta, with an acreage of 1,923Sq.m, a manufacturing capacity of approximately 33,500 barrels each day, comprising 39 oil wells.
He delivered that it’s miles made up of Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL ) 2001, 2002 abs 2003, previously operated by SPDC but turned into revoked along side different blocks in 2005.
“OML 13 become presented in the 2007 Licencing Rounds where Jahcon international constrained received OPL 2091, hi Rev Exploration and manufacturing won OPL 2002 whilst Oil and commercial services restrained gained OPL 2003, with commitments to pay signature bonuses of $ 46 million’ $sixty six million abs $34 million respectively.”
“The said OML 13 changed into someday between February and Mach 2016, revoked and presented to Nigerian Petroleum improvement agency, a subsidiary abs of the production arm of the Nigerian national Petroleum organisation, NNPC through govt fiat and without going through the statutory Licencing Bids Rounds.”
“curiously, this OML 13 which turned into awarded to the NPDC through an executive fiat has been re-provided to Sterling Oil Exploration and energy production enterprise (SEEPCO) without as a good deal as this offer going via an open gentle abs the commercial of a Licencing Bids round by means of the applicable authorities.”
“it’s far obvious that this transaction is shrouded in mystery and below the desk situations. subsequently, it’s far the aim of this petition to compel the Senate to use its position to motive a complete scale inquiry into this ambiguous transaction.
“From our investigation, we’re able to set up that NPDC and SEEPCO could not produce proof of honest play either in the award of OML 13 or, within the not likely situation in the award of a settlement of Farm Out, Farm In by using the NPDC to SEEPCO as stipulated with the aid of the extant Nigerian laws regulating operations in the oil and gas enterprise and the public Procurement Act which regulates the activities of agencies defined inside the Act as buying marketers,” the petition examine.
Anyanwu called for outright cancellation and reversal of the whole manner, which he stated is shrouded in fraudulent and corrupt approaches and in no way complied with the laid-down system contained within the extant laws, rules and recommendations set up for operations within the oil and gasoline enterprise.