by Stephanie Ohale
Minister of States for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu eventually had a close-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, leaving the Presidential Villa without comments on the outcome of the meeting.
Agenda Online reports that the meeting which lasted for over an hour at the Presidential villa was aimed at clearing the air on the controversy around the $24b contract allegedly awarded by the Group General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru.
Our Correspondent reports that the junior petroleum Minister, who declined to comment on the outcome of the meeting was however wearing a disappointing look, while leaving the Villa.
Recall that Kachikwu had raised dust concerning salient issues affecting the Board of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which he chairs accusing the Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru of insubordination.
The Minister also expressed sadness over recent changes in the NNPC and accused Baru of humiliating him and the board.
Earlier, NNPC announced a massive shakeup which affected 55 management staff without the Board’s input.
Kachikwu said it wasn’t the first time such changes would be made without consultation and due process.
“After one year of tolerating these disrespectful and humiliating conducts by the GMD, I decided to bring these to the attention of the president,” Kachikwu stressed.
He had asked 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,” he stressed.