The House of Representatives has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to reveal without delay, all the interests and principal sums on the investments in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) Petroleum Profits (PTT) and Royalty Account to the Auditor-General for the Federation’s Office.
The call was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Esosa Iyawe (LP-Edo) at plenary on Thursday.
Moving the motion earlier, Iyawe said that the CBN is the banker to the Federal Government’s Banker and custodian of investment vehicles, including the PPT and the ECA among others.
He said that the 2015 Annual Report of the Auditor-General for the Federation showed that an interest of One hundre and $1.82 million dollars was deposited in the ECA as interest on Investments.
According to the lawmaker, there were no details as regards the principal sums deposited, the tenor and the interest rate.
“The CBN has flagrantly and consistently refused the requests by the Auditor- General for the Federation to disclose the details regarding the management of interests accruing from the PPT/ Royalty and Foreign Excess Crude Account;
“Reports which revealed unapproved and indiscriminate withdrawals from the ECA, including current year expenditures, fuel subsidies, debt financing and power projects, all of which are outside the fund’s mandate.
“Disturbed that the 2016 audit report revealed the disappearance of over $9.5 million interest accrued from the PPT investment,” he said.
The house resolved to set up an Ad-hoc Committee to determine the legality of ECA and investigate the status and management of all the principal sums deposited, tenor, and interest rate of the PPT/Royalty and ECA from 2015 to date.
In his ruling, Deputy Speaker Benjamin Kalu, mandated the committee, when constituted to ensure compliance.