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Minister of state for Petroleum in private meeting with President Buhari


The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on Friday met with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Kachikwu, who updated the President on the activities of the petroleum ministry, declined comment after two hours of meeting with Buhari.
The minister had in a memo leaked to the media on Tuesday informed Buhari that the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, was disrespectful to him.
He also allegedly accused the GMD of awarding contracts worth over $25 billion without approval of the board of the corporation.
The Senate on Tuesday inaugurated a seven-member ad hoc committee, headed by Senator Aliyu Wammako, to investigate the allegations against Baru by Kachikwu.
The Senate also directed that the investigation be extended to allegations of series of “shady deals” in another NNPC subsidiary, the NNPC Trading Company.
Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, advised the Buhari administration to handle the allegations against the NNPC GMD by the minister with “all seriousness it deserves”.
According to Sani, the administration has much to lose if no serious action is taken in response to the memo sent to the President by the minister.

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