Lagos — The Nigeria LNG Limited, NLNG has denied a report making the rounds that top officials of the company, and that of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC Limited operate illegal international cartels, and illegally ship over $1billion oil to the U.S, and South American Countries.
A statement signed by Andy Odeh, General Manager, External Relations & Sustainable Development on Thursday, described the report as “false and malicious”, adding that it was obviously calculated to cast the company and its leadership in bad light.
According to Odeh, no opportunity was offered to the Company to react or respond to the allegations prior to their publication.
“Clearly, the report is at best a figment of the writer’s imagination. Either the author of the report was simply being mischievous, or is totally deficient in knowledge of the dynamics of the global LNG industry”.
To set the records straight, NLNG said deliveries of LNG from its Bonny Terminal complies with all regulatory requirements for the export of its products and are made under various term and spot sales contracts to destinations not limited to Europe, the Far East, Greater Middle East, North America and South America.
“…Thus, ensuring NLNG’s position as a significant competitive global LNG supplier, promoting the Nigerian Brand.
“NLNG is a responsible corporate citizen operating its business according to strong business principles and ethics in accordance with requirements of relevant Nigerian and global laws and regulations.
“From the commencement of its operations in October 1999, NLNG has never, and does not, engage in “illegal” or “backdoor” exportation of LNG or any of its products, nor is NLNG involved in any international cartel, as alleged. It is simply not true that “… the illegal exportation is still ongoing with the backing of some players in NLNG”.
Adeh explained that the LNG trade undertaken by the company is bound by strict protocols and controls, hence not amenable to the kind of illegitimate schemes alleged in the report.
“Contrary to the allegation of export of LNG without paperwork, records exist for every single cargo of product loaded by the Company since it commenced operation, together with fully accurate accounts of destinations, quantities loaded and unloaded and related earnings on each cargo, and these are demonstrable. For each of the past financial years, including the periods alluded to in the report, the Shareholders of NLNG, which includes NNPC and three IOCs, never reported that any cargo or product of the Company was lost or unaccounted for. Indeed, the possibility of such happening is beyond comprehension.
For the avoidance of doubt, NLNG restates that the report paints a very incorrect picture of the Company’s business and its LNG trade and is at complete variance with the Company’s Vision as a globally competitive LNG Company helping to build a better Nigeria”.
NLNG is demanding an “immediate retraction of the false and malicious report in its entirety”, in addition to an apology, which it said must be given as much prominence as the original report, as the legal rights of NLNG and its impacted personnel are fully reserved.
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