NNPC Crisis: Buhari To Meet With Kachikwu On Friday

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NNPC Crisis: Buhari To Meet With Kachikwu On Friday

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, is expected to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, October, 6, according to sources close to Aso Villa.

It is understood that the meeting which was initially scheduled to hold today was shifted to tomorrow at 11am.

The meeting comes barely three days after a memo sent by the minister to the president, complaining about insubordination and alleged corruption by the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, was leaked to the public.

In the petition, Kachikwu had alleged that Baru was sidelining him and the NNPC board from important decisions affecting the corporation.

Kachikwu had also accused Baru of insubordination, claiming he awarded contracts without due process.

He had in the memo said: “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 NNPC to run as a proper institution and report along due process lines to the Board and that Your Excellency instructs that all reviews be done with the Minister of State prior to your decision.

“That to set the 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.”

It would be recalled, the Senate on Wednesday set up a panel to investigate Baru, over allegations made against him in a petition to President Buhari by Kachikwu.

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