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International oil firms owe NDDC $4bn – Akpabio

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The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, said on Thursday the International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in Nigeria owe the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over $4 billion.

The minister disclosed this at the weekly ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He added that none of the IOCs had made the 3 percent statutory contribution from their annual budgets to the commission.

Akpabio said: “All the international oil companies operating in Nigeria are owing the NDDC and efforts are ongoing to recoup the money.

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On his part, the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Tayo Alasoadura, said the debt had been accumulating over a long period but did not disclose the companies owing the commission.

“International oil companies are expected to pay 3 percent of their annual budget to NDDC as their major income but they have been defaulting for a long period.

“Efforts are being made to get the outstanding payments which are up to $4 billion from them. All of them are owing,” Alasoadura said.

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