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Wednesday , 18 October 2017

Buhari, Kachikwu in closed-door meeting

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, is currently in a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Since the leaked letter to the President, this is the first one-on-one meeting between the President and the Minister.

Kachikwu had written to Buhari on the conduct of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru.

The Minister arrived the Presidential Villa at about 11.40am for the meeting.

The meeting is coming barely few days after the leakage of Kachikwu’s written letter to the President accusing the NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD) of a sundry adminis

In the letter, dated August 30, Kachikwu had complained to the President over what he considers as insubordination by the NNPC boss.

A copy of the letter being circulated on the social media indicates that the minister is also unhappy with the manner recent changes in the NNPC were handled and accused Dr. Baru of humiliating the board.

Dated a day after the NNPC announced a massive shakeup which affected 55 management staff, the Minister said it was not the first time changes would be made without the Board’s input.

“It is in the spirit of service and absolute belief in your leadership and integrity that I have, after one year of tolerating these disrespectful and humiliating conducts by the GMD, decided to bring these to your attention,” the Minister wrote.

He called on the President to intervene and “save the office of the Minister of State from further humiliation and disrespect by compelling all parastatals to submit to oversight regulatory mandate and proper supervision” which he is supposed to manage on the President’s behalf.

He also called on President Buhari to “save the NNPC and the oil industry from collapse arising from the above non-transparent practices and empower the Board” to do the needful.

trative misdemeanors that were capable of jeopardizing the administration’s policies aimed at repositioning the petroleum sector.

 

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