NNPC speaks on Abba Kyari’s N50 billion TSA allegation

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has described a publication by an online medium, alleging that the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, directed the corporation to keep N50 billion away from the Treasury Single Account, TSA.

In a statement by the NNPC’s Public Affairs Division General Manager, Ndu Ughamadu, and made available to reporters in Abuja on Friday, the corporation said that at no time did the NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, make such a statement.

NNPC in the statement explained why it has kept N50 billion away from the TSA and Abba Kyari’s involvement.

“The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclaimed the allegation that its Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, had ever stated in any fora that the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, ‘directed the Corporation to keep the sum of N50billion away from the Treasury Single Account (TSA).’

“NNPC wishes to state that the allegation is baseless, and is a clear misrepresentation of the truth.

“An online publication made the allegation recently.

“By virtue of the operations of the NNPC, the Corporation had made series of compelling cases to the Presidency and the Central Bank of Nigeria to allow certain categories of accounts operate outside the TSA, as they contain co-mingled funds governed by detailed agreements with local and international implications.

“NNPC equally wishes to state that while these necessary approvals sought by the NNPC were graciously given by the Presidency, the Chief of Staff merely conveyed the notice of these approvals to the Corporation.

“In the same vein, members of the relevant committee of the National Assembly have requested for copies of such approvals, which were duly provided by the Corporation.

“To claim that the Chief of Staff single-handedly approved these exemptions was not only unfair, but is a complete misrepresentation of facts to mislead the general public.”