President Goodluck Jonathan will today receive the report of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force chaired by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu at the Aso Rock Villa.
The committee which was set up in February with a duty to determine and verify all petroleum upstream and downstream revenues owed and payable to the Federal Government of Nigeria, and to take all necessary steps to collect all debts due and owed met last night in Abuja and agreed to submit a cleaner and final report today while trying to distance itself from a leaked report published by Saharareporters and various internet outlets.
SaharaReporters learnt that efforts were made by the government to remove some of its recommendations that were considered offensive as such some of its members were mobilized to remove the controversial segments as they publicly tried to discredit the leaked report.
It was unclear last night if any alterations were made to the first draft document that has already caused ripples in the country.
Several members of the committee have been given new assignments, for example a former secretary to the Nigerian government, Stephen Oronsaye was appointed to the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in July while former NBA president, Olisa Agbakoba has seen two appointments since he joined the committee in February.
A presidency source told SaharaReporters that Mr. Jonathan would probably set up another committee headed by Oronsaye to work further on the report as a way of killing it.
Some of the embarrassing parts of the report says that the nation’s oil ministers have been handing out discretionary oil licences; that the Nigeria National Petroleum Company sells itself cheap oil and gas; and that hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses and royalties are missing as multinational corporations ride roughshod on Nigeria.
Also, it was claimed that the committee could not fully perform its work because some government agencies and oil companies refused to cooperate with the committee in its work.