PPPRA Does Not Authenticate Documents Of Fuel Importers Before Processing Their Subsidy Claims, Its Official Tell Lagos Court

PPPRA Executive Secretary Mr. Reginald-Stanley
By Saharareporters, New York


More facts emerged in court today as to how subsidy fraud suspects succeed in receiving subsidy claims with forged documents, as official witnesses of the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) told a Lagos High Court that their relationship with oil marketers is based on “trust.”


Victor Zamani and Tope Ogundola of the PPPRA, who testified before Justice Okunnu at the trial of Rowaye Jubril, the Executive Director of Brila Energy Limited at the High Court in Ikeja, disclosed this while explaining the agency’s process of qualifying fuel marketers for claims from the government's petroleum support fund.


The witnesses described their routine of looking through all relevant documents submitted by fuel importers after discharging imported products to daughter vessels which, in turn, distribute to local retailers.


Mr. Zamani, who acts as Assistant General Manager at the Lagos Zonal Office of the PPPRA, disclosed that every mother vessel importing fuel for daughter vessels carries up to 60,000 metric tonnes of the fuel product and discharges for the daughter vessels at various tank farms in the country.

He said the business of the PPPRA at their level was only to receive photocopies of the required documents for processing subsidy claims to satisfy that the marketers have fulfilled all quality, quantity, insurance and other relevant requirements to qualify for the subsidy fund.


While confirming the testimony of the first witness Mr. Ogundola said his job was to receive photocopies of all relevant documents, among which are the certificates of marine insurance; certificate of quality; certificate of product quantity; ship-to-ship transfer documents; and relevant bank documents.


He said that the PPPRA has a checklist of 38 items it uses, after which it receives and keeps copies of the documents from the marketers.  The witness also said there is a 'checker' person whose job is only to check whether the kinds of documents submitted by the marketers correspond with those required.  After completing the documents checking cycle from the agencies and institutions – without verifying whether they are genuine or forged - the PPPRA's officials said they keep two photocopies and send copies to their head office in Abuja to process Petroleum Support Fund payment for the marketers. According to him, no effort is made to authenticate the documents submitted throughout their document-checking procedures.


"We do everything with the marketers on the basis of trust," said Mr. Ogundola.  To a cross-examiner, he said that since the PPPRA does not operate on 24 hours basis, it was not possible for officials to determine whether fuel marketers take the products back from the daughter vessels to which they have discharged fuel after they have inspected the transfer of contents from mother to daughter vessels.  He said, however, that such a practice would be an aberration in the profession, and that they trust marketers not to engage in such a practice.


Observers said that today’s testimonies by the two PPPRA officials suggest a poor documents verification procedure which makes adequate room for any marketer to present forged documents and then claim subsidy funds without really qualifying to be paid.  

Mr. Okunnu adjourned trial of Mr. Jubril to the 11th, 12th and 19th of March 2013.


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@ P Gold, God will punish you for your unwarranted comments. PPPRA as a government Agency has tried its best to sanitize the downstream sector. u jus de talk wetin you no know. P gold my foot, more like P aluminium with the way you're thinking.

When a loan is acquired from

When a loan is acquired from a bank to buy a land the original doc is usually in the custody of the bank until the loan is paid off,only photocopies can be used for further transactions. Has anyone thought of it in this light?????

well i want to believe the

well i want to believe the reason marketers submitt photocopies to the pppra is due to the fact that financial institutions (banks)who r funding various fuel marketers usually hold on to all original documents pertaining to any oil transactions they are funding as a way of securing their money's being paid back to them...just like collateral for taking loans.....pppra cant b blamed for using photocopies for verification.

Another hatchet job by Sahara

Another hatchet job by Sahara Reporters? This time on behalf of who? Abdulahi Alao-Arisekola,Mohammed Alli, Jubrilla, Maman Nasir-Alli, Christian Taylor and the gang? When are we going to stop, as a nation, to rubbish institutions and credible individuals in order to legitimize miscarriage of justice. From a banker's perspective, the issue is very clear and so could be graphically illustrated thus; if you take a loan from the bank to build a house, the bank takes your original documents and not photocopies. Every other transaction thereafter are done without the original copy until you're able to pay-up the loan with the bank. I'm sure Sahara Reporters is aware of this and should be bold enough to ask questions instead of misleading the public by playing to the gallery.


Let them tell the plain truth, they are collabrators let them exonerate themselves.It is only in this country that people go to office to gossip and get paid at d month end.Be trusted indeed.They can't get sack for negligence of duty bcos of politci

The truth

This pppra officials are not saying the truth, this people are even the one telling the marketers the best way to forge documents because of their own expected percentage cut, so for them, there will not be any need to authenticate any documents. They are all the same with the subsidy marketers.

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