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Sen Bassey charges investigation into MUG deal

Senator Aniekan Bassey representing Akwa Ibom Northeast Senatorial district, has urged investigation into the controversial Make-Up Gas, MUG, deal involving the Federal Ministry of Finance, Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, Calabar Generation Company Limited, and Acugas Limited.

Senator Bassey, in a statement presented to journalists on Friday in Uyo by his Media Assistant, Mr Darlington Udobong, stated this in a motion he presented during Thursday plenary.Information Guide Nigeria

The statement reads in part:” According to Senator Bassey, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), a company owned by the Federal, States and Local Governments in Nigeria to hold and manage Nigeria’s Independent Power Projects, sometime in 2017, entered into aGas Supply Agreement (GSA) with Acugas Limited for the supply of gas to Calabar Generation Company Ltd (Calabar Genco), a subsidiary of the NDPHC.

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“Under the GSA, the Federal Government of Nigeria is obliged to pay over $ 10 million monthly to Acusgas Limited, and this monthly obligation was protected and secured with a Take-or-Pay clause implying that the monthly payment of over $ 10 million must be discharged unfailingly by the Federal Government whether the Calabar Genco takes delivery of gas or not.NYSC Portal

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“The discharge of the Take-or-Pay obligation by the Federal Government has become a major concern to all well-meaning Nigerians because of its huge burden on public treasury as huge sums of money were paid to Acugas even for gas not received or utilized by Calabar Genco.

“In a bid to get Nigeria out of this controversial Take-or-Pay cul de sac and put in place an arrangement to reprocess and redirect the gas for which Nigeria has paid for but not utilized over time, the then Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr Zainab Ahmed initiated a MUG deal involving Calabar Genco and Acugas Ltd”JAMB Result

According to the statement, Senator Bassey noted that the MUG deal was devoid of transparency and allegedly involved the payment of huge sums of money as fees to Transactions Adviser even when Acugas Ltd was reportedly discussing the extension of the sunset date for the utilization of the MUG without involvement of paid consultants or Transaction Advisers with an addendum to the GSA already signed between the parties.

“Bassey urged the Senate to establish an Ad-Hoc Committee and mandate the Committee to investigate the circumstances under which the GSA and MUG arrangement was executed, the parties involved, payments so far made to entities to date, the status of implementation of the GSA, and for this purpose invite all stakeholders to the transaction including the Immediate past Minister of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Dr Zainab Ahmed, the NDPHC, Acugas Limited, Calabar Genco, the Transaction Adviser engaged under the MUG deal, etc and to report back within two weeks”

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Essien, Goodnews is a gruaduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo, Uyo; Currently working at Infoguide Media as a news writer.

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