The Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over the alleged insubordination and nepotism of the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Maikanti Baru.
Kachikwu in a documented in circulation in several media platforms, accused Baru of “completely eroding” some of the reforms he introduced as head of the oil firm.
Buhari had appointed Kachikwu as NNPC GMD in August 2015 but replaced him with Baru in July 2016.
Part of the letter, which Kachikwu alleged that Baru had been sidelining the NNPC board reads:
“Like the previous reorganisations and repostings done since 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 letter read.
“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.
“Indeed, in anticipation of vacancies that would arise from retiring senior executives of NNPC, I wrote the GMD a letter requesting that we both have prior review of the proposed appointments. Not only did he 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 appointment and termination of senior staff prior to implementation. This committee was also not consulted.
“The open administration I introduced with your support in our year of pushing reforms has been completely eroded. NNPC staffs are afraid of contacting me for the fear of being punished, sidelined in appointments and targeted.
“The effect of the attitude of the GMD and the sidelining of the board is that there is a fear culture in NNPC.”
Kachikwu appealed to Buhari to intervene and “save the NNPC and oil industry from collapse arising from 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,” he wrote.
“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 instructs 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 process and transparency.
“That your excellency encourages 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.”
Contacted Ndu Ughamadu, spokesman of the NNPC, said he could not comment on the “purported letter which I have not sighted”.
“The issue of the purported letter is a matter between party A and party B which I cannot comment on,” he said.
Attached here is the letter: