Amaechi's NGF seeks audience with Jonathan over NNPC funds

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The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers said it wants to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan over allegations regarding the non-remittance of some funds by the NNPC.

The forum said this in a communiqué that was issued at the end of its meeting, which ended in the early hours of Thursday in Abuja.

CBN Governor, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, had in a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, alleged that the NNPC failed to remit $49.8 billion to the Federation Account.

The CBN Governor indicated in the letter that the unremitted sum represented the proceeds from crude oil sales between January 2012 and July 2013.

“There is a weighty allegation contained in a recent letter to Mr President by the CBN Governor on the state of the economy.

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“Therefore, members mandated the forum’s chairman to request for a meeting with Mr President in order to deliberate on issues of critical national importance.

“The meeting with the president has become necessary because the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting for November, planned for Dec. 9 and 10, was shelved for undisclosed reasons,’’ it said.

The NNPC in a rejoinder today debunked the allegation that it has failed to remit money to the Federation Account.

NGF noted that the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, scheduled for Dec. 12, where such issues could have been discussed, was also postponed indefinitely.

It noted that the NEC meeting had not been convened in the last four months.