N11tn spent on moribund refineries in 13 years – Reps
The House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on the State of Refineries in the Country has said the Federal Government spent a total sum of N11,349,583,186,313.40 from 2010 to date. The Chairman of the committee, Ganiyu Johnson, however, failed to convince the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, who chaired the Committee of the Whole, to consider the report. Wase dismissed the recommendations by the committee as failing to address the main issues for which the panel was set up as well as not being far-reaching enough to change the current situation of things. In the report, a copy of which our correspondent obtained, the committee gave a breakdown of the actual cost of rehabilitating the Nigerian refineries between 2010 and 2020, and from 2020 to date. According to the panel, the total cost of rehabilitation within the period is N11,349,583,186,313.40 while the additional costs in other currencies are $592,976,050, €4,877,068.47 and £3,455,656.93. Giving a breakdown of the figures, the committee said while the cost of rehabilitation projects was N42,646,596,313.40, the deduction from Federation Account for rehabilitation was N191,670,000,000 and the losses by the refineries over a given period at N366,524,140,000.