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NNPC GMD Maikanti Baru is sidelining me & the Board – Kachikwu tells Buhari

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Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu

In an August 30, 2017 letter leaked to the press, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, accused the GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru of insubordination and humiliation.

According to PUNCH, in the letter, titled “Re: Matters of insubordination and lack of adherence to due process by the GMD NNPC – Dr. Baru,” Kachikwu said Baru has been sidelining him and the corporation’s board (of which Kachikwu is chairman), making appointments and awarding contracts without due consultations.

“Mr. President, yesterday (August 29, 2017) like many other Nigerians, l resumed work and confronted with many publications of massive changes within the NNPC.

Like the previous reorganisations and ‘repostings’ done since Dr. Baru resumed as GMD, I was never given the opportunity before the announcements to discuss these appointments. This is so despite being the Minister of State, 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 NNPC, is meant to review these planned appointments and postings, was never briefed. Members of the board learnt of these appointments from the pages of social media and the press release of NNPC,” Kachikwu said.

NNPC GMD, Dr. Maikanti Baru

PUNCH reports that Kachikwu told Buhari that he’s been tolerating the disrespectful and humiliating conduct from Baru for one year and decided to bring it to his (Buhari’s) notice.

 

The minister stated that in anticipation of vacancies that would arise from retiring senior executives of the NNPC, he wrote to the GMD a letter requesting that they both have prior review of the proposed appointments.

“Not only did he (Baru) not give my letter the courtesy of a reply, he proceeded to announce the appointments without consultation on board concurrence.

Mr. President, please note that there is a board service committee, whose function is to review potential appointments and termination of senior staff prior to implementation. This committee was also not consulted.

The effect of the attitude of the GMD and the sidelining of the board is that there is a fear culture in the NNPC,” Kachikwu said.

Kachikwu listed what he wants the president to do. He said:

That we save NNPC and the oil industry from collapse arising from the above non-transparent practices and empower the board you inaugurated to do the needful.

That you 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 I am supposed to manage on your behalf.

You kindly instruct the GMD to effectively leave the NNPC to run as a proper institution and report out along due process lines to the board and that Your Excellency instruct that all reviews be done with the minister of state prior to your decision.

That to set right examples, you approve that the recently announced reorganisation changes be suspended until the GMD, myself and the board have made relevant input to same. This will send a clear signal of due process and transparency.

That Your Excellency encourage joint presentation meeting between head of parastatals and the minister of state to you as to encourage a culture of working together and implant discipline in the hierarchy.”

Kachikwu said against the rules, some major contracts were never reviewed or discussed with him or the board of NNPC.

“The legal and procedural requirement is that all contracts above $20m would need to be reviewed and approved by the board of NNPC. Mr. President, in over one year of Mr Baru’s tenure, no contract has been run through the board. As in many cases of things that happen in NNPC these days, I learn of  transactions only through publications in the media,” Kachikwu wrote.

Reacting to the leak, Idang Alibi, Director of Press in the ministry said:

The attention of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has been drawn to a publication on a memo emanating from the HMSPR to the President.

Please, note that the communication under reference is a normal procedural correspondence by the minister to the President relating to developments in parastatals under his supervision.

It is most distressing to the ministry of petroleum resources that a confidential communication to the President on the performance of one of its parastatals can be made public.

The focus of the communication was on improving efficiency and deepening transparency in the oil and gas sector for continued investor confidence.

It is noteworthy that the President has been fully supportive of the efforts of the ministry to entrench good governance and accountability in the oil and gas sector.

15 Comments

  1. Bowl

    October 4, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Well, good morning in Ojukwu’s voice !

  2. nene+

    October 4, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I am coming back with my thoughts …….
    I hope that the blind followers can now see the level of impunity and corruption going on under the @Mr Integrity Duo.
    Grass cutter Babachir, Ikoyi Billions, N500,000,000 MTN bribe, Burutai houses in UAE,DSS reports on Magu,……………………………………………………………………..

    • Nawa

      October 4, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Apparently approximately $26 billion is not duly accounted for. I guess the money includes both loot and the exploration of oil that they are searching for in Sokoto. They know what they are doing.

  3. kkay

    October 4, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I hope Nigerians can now see the true colour of corruption!
    The new definition of CHANGE according to the Dictionary of Nigerian Politicians is:
    1. Looting continues
    2.When you fill all sectors of the government with people from your tribe so they can loot on your behalf.
    3.Re-name your Political party and welcome All Political Conmen from the other Parties to continue the looting.
    4. Keep quiet when herdsmen from your tribe attack other tribes and ravage their farms with high-powered rifles but deploy a battalion of army to silence unarmed protesters.

  4. T

    October 4, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I hate to say we told you so…BUT WE TOLD YOU!!!

  5. Ima

    October 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Kachikwu should shock the presidency with his resignation while stating these reasons to the public. That is, if and if the anomaly is not corrected. The public outrage will worsen their chances come 2019.

  6. Anon

    October 4, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Is he just realising he’s a figurehead?

    • Professor X

      October 4, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Exactly. Kachichukwu is a complete figurehead in this administration. After he was made Minister of STATE for Petroleum Resources, instead of the Minister for Petroleum Resources. Imagine the GMD sidelining the board and Kachichukwu– where is the due process??

  7. BEAUTIFUL

    October 4, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Government from the pit of hell … the day of reckoning shall surely come … Tinubu/Yoruba people ( not all though) , idiot Ada Nnewi, all the idiots that foisted this evil government on us, it will never be well with you .. fools

  8. Bowl

    October 4, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Why do I have this funny feeling that Buhari will still be president by 2019 ? The north will not let power slip out of its hands easily this time .

    • Wale Vintage

      October 4, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Well, not if the Sw pulls out of the Apc coalition. We know SE will not join the north and don’t have enough people to win even if they did and ss sigularly will not make a difference. So it just might be time for Tinubus group to rethink this wayo wayo the north is doing.

  9. NG

    October 5, 2017 at 5:13 am

    There is nothing new here. This is how the north has maintained unproductive stronghold on national affairs. This is how to achieve the unimaginable- be educational lower rate, yet rule in national economic affairs.

    You wonder the country is failing? The greater wonder of course is the moronic position of the supposed enlightened group who bought into the integrity and savior scam. Me think they have more reduced brain function. No insult meant, just factual statement.

  10. Bowl

    October 5, 2017 at 7:58 am

    @Wale , it is gross foolishness for anybody to think their vote will matter this time. Once this current version of Buhari survives this tenure , then he is good for a second one ! And the south East has more people than any other ethnic group in this country !

    • Show

      October 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Who told you that you guys have more people? I think you are the minority in the country and the population of hausa fulani are more than any ethnic groups in Nigeria hope you understand.

  11. tunmi

    October 12, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Kachikwu let this go on for a year. A YEAR!!!!
    It should have been reported the first time it happened not after you’ve suffered and smiled.

    BTW, Kachikwu is bae

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