- Senate has set up committee to investigate NNPC GMD
- Minister of state for petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu had sent a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari alleging corruption in NNPC
- The Senate said that it would investigate the allegation in order to get the root of the matter
Nigerian Senate has constituted an ad-hoc committee to investigate alleged corruption in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
NAIJ.com gathered that the minister of state for petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu had on Tuesday, October 3 called the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to the alleged illegal practices and insubordination of the group managing director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru.
Kachikwu in a letter dated August 30, told the president that the conducts of the NNPC GMD were counterproductive to the country’s petroleum sector.
According to him, “Parastatals in the ministry and all CEOs of these parastatals must be aligned with the policy drive of the 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 to emplace a stunted growth for the industry.”
The Senate during its plenary on Wednesday, October 4, ordered the investigation of NNPC’s activities based on Kachikwu’s allegation with a view to getting to the root of the matter.
In his comments, Senator Kabir Marafa said that the Senate should investigate the allegations made by Ibe Kachikwu in his letter to the president.
Senator Samuel Anyanwu also said that the Senate should do holistic investigation of the allegation of corruption against NNPC group trading.
Senator Kabiru Gaya also noted that it was the time to conduct a holistic investigation, adding that the Senate should set up a committee to investigate the activities of NNPC group.
After the deliberations by the senators, the Senate president, Bukola Saraki listed Senators Joshua Lidani, GarbaBinta, Nelson Effiong, Obinna Ogba, Duro Faseyi, Nyako as members of the Ad-hoc committee that would investigate the allegation.
“We must investigate this allegation and hope the quality of report will meet the standard we have set in the 8th Senate”, Saraki said.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, has called the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to the alleged illegal practices and insubordination of the group managing director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru.
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