By Chioma Iruke
Nigerian Government on Thursday asserted that foreign oil companies operating within the country had defaulted in their statutory remittances to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to the tune of $4 billion.
This was revealed by Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio at the weekly ministerial briefing held at the State House in Abuja.
He noted that although oil firms operating in the area are expected to provide three percent of their annual budgets to the commission, none of them have done so.
Akpabio stressed that the ministry of Niger Delta will take a keen interest in the implementation of the three percent Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) compensation to host communities.
The former Akwa Ibom governor also noted that the NDDC owes contractors three ₦3 trillion. He, however, explained that not all awarded contracts with costs can be regarded as debt.
On the progress made so far in the Commission, the Niger Delta minister disclosed that about 109 projects have been implemented in the South-South and they would be commissioned soon.
Funds from the Niger Delta ministry which was established in 2008 with over a hundred billion, shrank to ₦19 billion in 2020 and then rose slightly to ₦24 billion in 2021.
The minister noted that ₦10 billion out of the allocated fund was put aside to fix the East-West road.