By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
Following up on President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent declaration of two hundred and eighty seven billion Naira (N287bn) Profit After Tax (PAT) in year 2020 by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Corporation has published the Audited Financial Statements (AFS).
According to a statement signed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Garba Deen Muhammad, and made available to The SUMMIT, details of the financial statement can be accessed on the website of the corporation.
It would be recalled that while announcing the revenue feat achieved by NNPC some two weeks ago, President Buhari, who doubles as the Minister Petroleum Resources had said: “I have further directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to timely publish the Audited Financial Statements in line with the requirements of the law and as a follow up to our commitment to ensuring transparency and accountability by public institutions.”
Among the highlights of the 2020 AFS is the Corporation’s group profit which rose from a loss position of N1.7billion in 2019 to a profit of N287bn in 2020 for the first time in 44 years.
The Group Managing Director of the NNPC Mal. Mele Kyari, had at various times since the President’s declaration of profit, attributed the turnaround to aggressive cost cutting, automation of the system and renegotiation of contracts downwards by about 30 per cent, among other tough measures.
Further highlights of the AFS revealed that while the Corporation’s group financial position increased in total current assets by 18.7% compared to that of 2019, its total current liabilities increased by 11.4% within the same period.
The group’s working capital remained below the line at N4.56trillion in 2020 as
against N4.44trillion in 2019, the AFS further revealed.
Similarly, the Corporation’s group revenue for the 2020 financial year stood at N3.718trillion as against N4.634trillion in 2019, showing a downward slide of N0.9 trillion which, according to the statement, is attributable to the decline in the production and price of crude oil due to the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is the third consecutive year that the NNPC is publishing its AFS, having done so for 2018 and 2019.