Government ordered privates’ oil companies auditing

South Sudan's Minister of Petroleum, Hon Puot Kang Chuol briefed the media in Juba

South Sudan has ordered oil companies auditing after international community pressure mounted three weeks ago cited lack of transparency and accountability on national resources.

On February 16th, the UN Security Council requested information about the Dar Petroleum Operating Company. International community demands for transparency and accountability in the private sectors and government institutions put the authority on its toes.

The companies to be audited will include Greater Pioneer Oil Company and Dar Petroleum Oil Company. The government has constructed a private company known as Alex Stewart International to do the audited. 

According to the deputy chairperson of National Petroleum and Gas Commission Caeser Otile Marko said the International Company was contracted by government August last year to do auditing. The auditing shall be commencing soon after auditors strategic plans approval.

He says it is the first and extended overdue auditing since it got independent on July 9th, 2011. And auditing will begin from 2011 up to 2019 to audit the oil sector, which is part of public interest. 

Officials started an oil companied auditing data, including crude oil production, oil export, financial payment from partners, and environmental effects to South Sudan citizens. The ecological sample auditing will look at the soil and water effects.  

Nation Commission says the oil sector auditing decision was presidential degree headed by the minister of presidential affairs Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, and other six members. 

On February 18th, the president of South Sudan president Kiir formed seven committee tasks to oversee an audit of the petroleum sector initiated by the National Petroleum and Gas Commission. The presidential order was named N. 02/2021. 

In the press conference, Caeser mentioned that the government demands prove details unconfirmed allegation from the UNSC panel that DPOC “has not been remitted the payment to the Bank of South Sudan for yearly surface rental fees.”

“We have to check the connection of water, the underground water, are they contaminated, because the sipping of the professional water inside, information, causes, problems, diseases to the people around the oil fields, because there are a lot of rumors that we have heard about the diseases caused by environmental in the oil companies, Marko echoed”

The Commission clarified that auditing outcome findings should determine government decisions and actions against the private companies’ misconduct toward their mandates.

Last week Jieng Council of elders called for the international community, particularly Canada and Norway, to audited South Sudan oil money. 

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