The Minister of State For Petroleum Resources, ibe Kachikwu had revealed in a leaked letter to President Buhari how the lopsidedness in Nigeria National Petroleum corporation’s Management Appointment came about. He added that the slow growth in the oil and gas sector to illegal practice by the department and agencies under his ministry headed by the Group Managing Director, Mr. Maikanti Baru
In a leaked petition, Kachikwu told President Muhammadu Buhari that the country’s petroleum industry would have recorded tremendous progress but for Baru’s actions.
Although the NNPC Group Spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, simply said the corporation “cannot respond to a letter it has not read”, the development has confirmed the frosty relationship that has long existed between the two leaders of the nation’s hydrocarbon industry.
Confirming the petition yesterday in a statement, the Director of Press, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Idang Alibi, described it as a normal procedural correspondence by the minister to the president relating to developments in parastatals under his supervision.
Besides, Urban express news online learned that the NNPC GMD, confident of his superiority over his boss through appointments and redeployments, deliberately thwart every move made by the minister to achieve the long-promised transformation of the corporation in line with international best practices.
Recall that it was on this same issue ohanaeze Ndigbo cried foul at when it accused the government of not applying the principle of federal character in the composition of NNPC' Management Appointments.
Kachikwu, in his protest, accused Baru of refusing to recognize the board of the NNPC headed by him, which was appointed by the president, and does not seek its approval on appointments and postings within the corporation, as with the recent shakeup which saw the redeployment or sacking of 55 top management officials.
The minister, in a letter dated August 30, 2017, and titled “Re: Matter of insubordination and lack of adherence to due process perpetuated by the GMD of NNPC-Dr. Baru,” which was trending on the Internet yesterday, complained of suffering disrespect and humiliation from Baru in the last one year of assuming office.
The letter reads: “Mr. President, yesterday like many other Nigerians, I resumed work to be confronted by many publications of massive changes within NNPC.Unlike the previous reorganizations, and reposting was done since Baru resumed as GMD, I was never given the opportunity before the announcement to discuss these appointments. This is so despite being Minister of State for Petroleum, and Chairman, NNPC Board.
“The board of NNPC, which you appointed, and which has met every month since its inauguration and, which by the statutes of NNPC is meant to review these planned appointments and postings, was never briefed. Members of the board learned of these appointments from the pages of social media and the press release of NNPC.
“At a minimum and like all other parastatals being supervised by me at the ministry, I have continued to do, and in compliance with proper governance, standards expected of a multinational oil sector organization. I came to this job with the zeal to change the sector. Measurable progress has been made, and more would have been achieved but for the challenges, I have listed above.
“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.”
According to Kachikwu, the sector is in a critical state where only innovative ideas can stop the alarming impact of the fall of oil prices in the national income.
He added that the innovations that Nigeria developed and started implementing in the downstream, upstream, policy generation, and Niger Delta security has enabled the sector to stabilize slightly. “However, truth is that given the global challenge in this sector, we must aggressively pursue out of the box ideas on rejuvenating this sector, getting the best yield and increasing our earnings from oil and gas.”