Minister of state for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari (dated August 30 but leaked on October 3) indicting the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru.
His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
President and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Presidential Villa Abuja
RE: MATTERS OF INSUBORDINATION AND LACK OF ADHERENCE TO DUE PROCESS PERPETUATED BY THE GMD NNPC – DR BARU
Let me start by welcoming you back to the country and by thanking God for your recovery from ill health. I join millions of Nigerians who rejoice and thank God for granting you the grace of healing and the strength to continue the good work you have done for Nigeria in your long illustrious career in public service. I would have wanted to come personally after receiving you at the airport to felicitate with you and discuss matters herein contained, however I have been unable to secure an appointment to see you despite very many attempts.
VARIOUS ACTIVITIES OF THE GMD
Mr. President, yesterday like many other Nigerians, I resumed work confronted by many publications of massive changes within NNPC. Like the previous reorganizations and reposting 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 Minister of State Petroleum and Chairman NNPC Board.
The Board of NNPC which you appointed and, which has met every month since its inaugurations and posting was never briefed. Members of the Board learnt of these appointments from the pages of social media and the press releases of NNPC.
At a minimum and, like all other Parastatals being supervised by me at the Ministry have continued to do, and in compliance with proper government standards expected of a multinational oil sector organization. I came to this job with the zeal to change the sector. Measurable progress has been made and more would have been achieved but for the challenges I have listed above.
It is in the sprit of service and absolute belief in your leadership and integrity that I have after one year of tolerating these disrespectful and humiliating conducts by the GMD, decided to bring these to your attention.
THE FUTURE OF THE OIL INDUSTRY
Mr. President I have been on a race to stabilize and move the industry to the next phrase. Timing is critical. The sector is also in a critical state where only innovative ideas can stop the alarming impact of the fail of oil prices on the National income. The innovations that we have developed and started implementing in the Downstream, Upstream, Policy generation, and Niger Delta Security have enabled the sector to stabilize slightly. However truth is that given global challenge in this sector , we must aggressively pursue out of the box ideas on rejuvenating this sector, getting the best yield and increasing our earning from Oil and Gas. What this means is that Parastatals in the Ministry and all CEOS of these Parastatals must be aligned with the policy drive of the supervising Ministry to allow the sector register the growth that has eluded it for many years. To do otherwise or to exempt any of the Parastatals would be emplace a stunted growth for the industry.
My prayers most humbly and respectfully are:
- 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.
iii. You kindly instruct the GMD to effectively leave 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 the right examples, you approve that the recently announced reorganization changes be suspended until the GMD, myself and the Board have made relevant input to same. This will send a clear signal to process and transparency.
- That your Excellency encourages joint presentation meetings between heads of Parastatals and Ministers of State to you so as to encourage a culture of working together and implant discipline in the hierarchy.
These in my view, Mr. President, will provide you balanced analysis on issues and avoid exposing the exalted office of Mr President to ridicule. It will also reduce nonproductive unsubstantiated rumour peddling.
Mr. President I thank you for the opportunities given to me to serve and I wish you continued full recovery, I remain loyal and very proud of you Sir.
Mr. President kindly accept the assurance of my highest esteem and loyalty.
Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu
Honorable Minister of State Petroleum Resources.