Total Upstream Nigeria Limited, yesterday said it was not true that it offered a bribe to scuttle the petition brought against it for allegedly flouting the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act.
Senator Solomon Adeola, Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Content, who had on Tuesday made the allegation against the oil giant when the Senate opened investigation into irregularities against Total Nigeria and National Petroleum Investment Management Services(NAPIMS),said his committee rejected the bribe offer.
He said he was aware that there were forces trying to scuttle the contract validly entered into between the oil firm and members of the Indigenous Vessels Operators Association of Nigeria
But, Charles Ebereonwu, External Relations Manager of the company, said in a statement on Wednesday said that Total is a highly principled company and would not in any way bribe its way to get issues resolved.
“Total Upstream Nigeria Limited wishes to state that it has strict Conflict of Interest and Compliance policies. Total Upstream Nigeria Limited also wishes to state that it rejects all forms of bribery and corruption.