The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission [NUPRC] has issued a 7-day to all lease and license holders operating in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector, to furnish it with status details of real owners of their companies.

According to the directive, the information must include the identity (ies) of the beneficial owner(s), the level of ownership, and details of how control is exerted.

The directive signed by its Chief Executive, Gbenga Komolafe, is tagged, “Notification No. 1 to All Licence and Lease Holders in Nigeria on the Requirement for Submission of Beneficial Ownership Information.”
The according to NUPRC, the full list of real owners and partners of the companies must be submitted to the Commission within required time.

Those expected to comply with the directive are persons with significant control of at least five per cent shares and directly or indirectly holding the same percentage of voting rights, among others.

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The directive went further, stating that the significant persons were those otherwise having the right to exercise or actually exercise significant influence or control over a relevant person; or having the right to exercise, or actually exercising significant influence or control over the activities of a trust or firm, whether or not it is a legal entity.

The Commission said “it requires all entities that apply for or hold a participating interest in an exploration or production oil and gas licence, lease or contract to provide information of their owners, including the identity(ies) of their beneficial owner(s), the level of ownership and details about how that ownership or control is exerted.

“Accordingly, all relevant persons are hereby required to provide the information of persons with significant control over them: A person with significant control means any person directly or indirectly holding at least five per cent of the shares or interest in a relevant person.

“Or a (person) directly or indirectly holding at least 5% of the voting rights in a relevant person; and directly or indirectly holding the right to appoint or remove a majority of the directors or partners in a relevant person.”

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Affected persons were to use the beneficial ownership declaration form included in the notification.
The move by NUPRC came on the heels of the recent release of a beneficiary ownership register by the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative [NEITI], and the Corporate Affairs Commission [CAC].
Komolafe had also recently hailed NEITI’s efforts in the promotion of an open and accountable system in the management of extractive resources, explaining that NUPRC and NEITI shared a common vision of transparency in Nigeria’s energy sector.

According to Komolafe, the NUPRC is fully committed to working with NEITI to deepen Nigeria’s implementation of contract transparency and beneficial ownership disclosures in the country.

“At the NUPRC, we are implementing the beneficial ownership reporting system, as it is a statutory requirement, which demands full disclosure of beneficial ownership information. The commission is engaging the oil and companies to ensure their mandatory compliance,” Komolafe said

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