Some associates of the minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, have replied the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru with six vital questions.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Maikanti Baru said President Muhammadu Buhari granted approvals for oil deals to the government oil firm during the time he was on his sick bed in London.
The disclosure by Baru was made when he responded to the allegations made by the minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu, over the unilateral award of hefty oil and gas contracts totaling about $25 billion by NNPC boss.
Accoridng to The Nation, loyalists to Kachikwu said in a memo: “While not joining issues, it will be worrisome if relevant section of Nigerians and keen watchers of oil and gas industry are not put through on the response of the NNPC GMD, Dr Maikanti Baru on policies on public procurement as enshrined in the relevant laws and regulations governing procurement in Nigeria, which include Public Procurement Act 2007 and Procurement Procedures Manual.
“The Public Procurement Act 2007 provides procurement guidance to all Federal ministries, extra-ministerial agencies, departments, agencies, parastatals, corporations and other public entities set up by the constitution or acts of the National Assembly.
“The procurement Act 2007 borders on efficiency, fairness, transparency, accountability and ethical standards, and way and manner such procurement shall be conducted, and the entities like Tenders’ Board with powers to do.
“And any procurement system that fails to take into consideration these relevant sections stimulated hesitation to compete, submission of inflated tenders containing a risk premium, or submission of deflated tenders followed by delayed or defective performance, collusion in bribery, bad value for money, and betrayal and abuse of the public trust for personal gain.
“Dr. Kachikwu’s leaked memo to the President sought among other things, to promote application of fair and competitive standard and ethical practices."
Below are the questions they posed to Baru:
1. What becomes of Section 130(2), Section 148(1) of the 1999 Constitution and Section 1(1) of the NNPC Act if Baru said he did not have to consult the Minister and NNPC Board?
2. How can the NNPC Tenders Board appointed by Baru be responsible for approving contracts in the light of Section 20(1) of the Public Procurement Act?
3. What is the proof that Kachikwu as NNPC GMD did the same things that Baru is doing?
4. How can NNPC Board oversee budget without information?
5. Why was Baru silent on the controversial appointments he made without briefing the board? Did the silence confirm that the appointments were irregular or wrong?
6. Are there standards of transparency and due process when NNPC awarded contracts of that magnitude without carrying NNPC Board along?
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However, NAIJ.com subsequently reported that the minister of state of petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu and Maikanti Baru have finally met to discuss the future of the country’s petroleum industry.
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