Kachikwu Refuses To Disclose Details Of Meeting With Buhari
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu had a meeting with the President behind closed doors, Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.
He declined to make any comment concerning the meeting which lasted for an hour and thirty minutes. He simply said “no comment” when reporters approached him.
The meeting took place after the Minister expressed sadness over the recent changes in the NNPC. He informed Buhari that the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Maikanti Baru, was disrespectful to him. He also allegedly accused the GMD of awarding contracts worth over 25 billion dollars without approval of the board of the corporation.
The Senate on Tuesday inaugurated a seven-member ad hoc committee, headed by Sen., Aliyu Wammako, to investigate the allegations against the GMD by the minister. The Senate also directed that the investigation be extended to allegations of series of “shady deals’’ in another NNPC subsidiary, the NNPC Trading Company. Sen. Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central ‘Senatorial District of Kaduna State, had advised the Buhari administration to handle the allegations against the NNPC GMD by the minister with “all seriousness it deserves’’. According to Sani, the administration has much to lose if no serious action is taken in response to the letter sent to the president by the minister.
“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 in a letter that was leaked and went viral online.
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.