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Reps want Shell censured over alleged lack of transparency on oil block OPL 245


The House of Representatives’ ad-hoc committee on Malabu Oil and Gas Limited has recommended that Shell Nigeria Ultra Deeps (SNUD) be censured by the House for lack of transparency in its bid to acquire OPL245.

The committee made the recommendations in its report to the House on the transaction involving the Federal Government and Shell/Agip companies and Malabu Oil and Gas Limited.

It also recommended that SNUD be reprimanded for its lack of disclosure in its bid to acquire oil block OPL 245.

Earlier, the chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Leo Ogor (PDP-Delta), said that the modalities which Shell Nigeria entered into the oil block transaction lacked transparency.

He urged the House to look at the report with the interest of the nation at heart.

The committee equally recommended that Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited (NAE) be formally censured or reprimanded by the House for its role in the ‘Resolution Agreement’ which lacked transparency.

It also recommended that the Federal Government should cancel OPL 245 licence recently granted to Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) because of its flawed ‘resolution agreement’.

It said that the ‘resolution agreement’ was contrary to the laws of Nigeria.

The committee said that Shell entered into a resolution agreement with Malabu Oil and Gas, SNEPCO and NAE with the Federal Government acting as an obligor.

The committee said that the ‘resolution agreement’ ceded away “our national interest and further committed Nigeria to some unacceptable indemnities and liabilities while acting as an obligor”.

It also recommended that in redrafting a new ‘resolution agreement’, Nigeria’s tax laws should be respected where applicable.

It further recommended that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, facilitates a new ‘ resolution agreement’.

It said the agreement should be in line with the Petroleum Act and the Indigenous Concession Programme (ICP) of government that guided the initial allocation of OPL 245 to Malabu.

It also recommended that the House should direct the committees on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) and Downstream, Gas Resources and Local Content to make a list of similar ventures with petroleum sharing agreement.