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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Presidency Backed The Award Of $25billion Contracts By NNPC BOSS Maikanti Baru

Presidency is considering taking actions against the minister of Petroleum having cleared the NNPC boss of any infraction.

Following the allegation raised by the minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu, over the unilateral award of about $25billion contract by the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, president Buhari considering taking actions against the minister having declared Baru Maikanti innocent.

The fate of Kachikwu in the current administration is unsure following the allegation according to a report on the NATION.

The newspaper stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is considering taking punitive actions against Kachikwu having found Baru not guilty of corrupt practices in the unilateral award of the contracts on October 9.

The minister is said to be strategising with his associates, stakeholders and colleagues on his next move now that he has offended the current administration.

The newspaper stated Kachikwu is being advised by his colleagues to voluntary resign from his position to preserve his integrity after it was clear that the presidency might have supported Baru. learnt that allegations raised by Kachikwu has damaged Buhari's administration reputation.

“The Presidency directed the GMD of NNPC to provide facts and figures, which it got from Baru,” the source said.

“Thereafter, the NNPC Act, the NNPC Handbook and Public Procurement Act were consulted on the responses of Baru to find out if infractions were committed by the corporation.

“Having been convinced that there were no infractions, the Presidency then directed NNPC to lay the cards on the table for Nigerians to see and judge.

“What was uppermost in the responses of the GMD was the fact that ‘there was no evidence of sharp practices, bribery, looting of funds and diversion of transaction cash’.

“The allegations of Kachikwu were rated as ‘wild, intentional and political in nature’ against the administration he is serving.”

A presidency source told the newspaper that president Buhari has is yet to speak on the matter, adding that no one knows what he is thinking

A highly-placed stakeholder who spoke about Kachikwu’s travails said the minister was consulting with some vital players in the oil sector about what transpired.

“I am aware that the minister has been holding consultations and telling some vital players in the oil sector what happened .

“Of importance to him is the allegation of alleged plot to sabotage the government of President Buhari with the leakage of the August 20 memo. He has maintained his innocence that he did not leak the letter.

“But it is tragic that no one believes Kachikwu’s story anymore in the Presidency,"the source said.

Meanwhile, unions in the oil and gas sector on Monday, October 9, pledged support Dr Baru.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) made the pledge in Abuja in a statement by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC Group General Manager Group Public Affairs Division.

Ughamadu said at a solidarity visit to the GMD, the National President of PENGASSAN, Mr Francis Johnson, said the unions and its members considered it appropriate to rally round Baru and the NNPC Management to pledge their support.

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