The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has recovered N7 billion out of the N30 debts owed by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Managing Director of the authority, Mohammed Bello- Koko, said that the Authority had also remitted the sum of N45.08 billion into the Federal Government’s Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF). It was gathered that N26.83 billion of the amount was for its 2022 operational remittance. Bello-Koko said the international oil companies (IOCs) and other debtors had started paying their debts, adding that NNPC alone owes NPA over N30 billion. He explained: This month we forced them to pay N7 billion.
So, NNPC has this rebate, 50 per cent rebate and we do reconciliation and then they paid us. Since 2019 NNPC hasn’t paid us but we have pushed them and made them know they have to pay or we stop service.
“We have become more aggressive, holding regular meetings and there are no formalities; you just pick the phone and call the port manager and say, where is the money. We made it clear to NNPC that they need to pay, some of them just paid and the IOCs have been paying for so long – Chevron and co.
“We have made it very clear that we have become more aggressive in our revenue collection and we have blocked leakages also where we are telling the IOCs that for service boat they cannot be the operator and also the agents.” Bello-Koko stressed that the improved revenue generation by NPA came as a result of cost-cutting measures and sustained debt recovery by its new management.
According to him, “the first thing we did was to improve the collection mechanism. We held the port managers responsible for revenue generation and we are holding regular virtual meetings, but what we now did was that they needed to pay us on time, pay us or we stop services and, then, we minimise cost. “Cost minimisation was very key.