NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD) Maikanti Baru On A Hot Seat Over Alleged N25 Billion Contract And Others
The President was booked to meet Dr. Kachikwu yesterday, however the meeting was put off. “It is rescheduled for today”, a source revealed to The Nation the previous evening.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI). The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) are pushing for Baru’s probation.
- Will the President request that Baru step down pending an instigation concerning the assertions?
- Will the current revamping and appointments made by Baru stand?
- Who are the ministers preventing Kachikwu from seeing Buhari?
NLC President Ayuba Wabba, in a meeting, said the issues raised by the Minister must be looked into.
He stated: “The issue is under some investigation and I think there ought to be a chance to investigate the procedure and before the end of today, we should know the veracity and actualities of the issue.
We have made this issue very clear and boisterous that piece of our challenge is the means by which we can soak up the procedure of good administration, straightforwardness and accountability.
ANEEJ Official Chief Rev. David Ugolor, in an announcement in Abuja, praised the Senate for giving a chance into Kachikwu’s claims.
Ugolor stated: “Since the Senate has swum into the issue, we recommend that Mr. President also should welcome the Nigerian Extractive Industry Straightforwardness Activity, NEITI, to do an extensive and legal review of the assertions.
“We want to also believe that the irregularities being hurled by the startling disclosures from the minister of State for petroleum resources incorporate a portion of the issues which the petroleum industry governance bill tries to address and review.”
The organisation urged Buhari to suspend Mr Baru, pending the referral to the EFCC and ICPC, and the outcome of any investigation by the anti-corruption agencies in order not to create the impression that your government is treating Mr Baru as a sacred cow.
We urge you not to allow the allegations against Mr Baru go the way of past inconclusive investigations of allegations of massive corruption within the NNPC.
NEITI technical advicer Dr. Dauda Garuba encouraged the President to swim into the emergency in light of the fact that $25 billion is excessively much.
He stated: “Whichever way one takes a gander at it, N25 billion is excessively enormous a sum, making it impossible to fabricate contracts around without due process. We should be a nation guided by tenets and systems. We should influence Nigeria to work.”
Garuba said that in the event that it is set up that there are infractions as charged by the minister of petroleum resources, the right sanction will be given to him.
He demanded that Mr. President must exhibit that he was really into a serious business when he guaranteed Nigerians to change the oil segment.
The PDP requested for Baru’s suspension. They cautioned the President against protecting Baru and others involved with the allegation.
The president should give Baru including others involved in the scandal the same way he treated the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and many others involved in the $2 billion arms purchase scandal perpetrated during the last administration.
Tending to a news meeting in Abuja yesterday, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye asked Buhari to live above board by organizing appropriate investigation concerning the scam.
According to Adeyeye”He ought to do this to rectify the open impression Nigerians have about his supposed hostile anti -corruption; that it’s only an apparatus of mistreatment of those he detest “,.
In this light, we request a quick suspension of the NNPC GMD with the goal that appropriate investigation can be completed by the “relevant anti-corruption agencies.”