Kachikwu, Baru fight over NNPC

Kachikwu Baru letter
L-R: NNPC GMD, Dr. Maikanti Baru, and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, are currently engaged in a battle over the control of the state-owned oil firm.
The.key issue is Baru’s alleged insubordination and erosion of Kachikwu’s reforms as NNPC GMD, The Cable reports.
Kachikwu raised the issue in a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari seen by The Cable.
Buhari had appointed Kachikwu as NNPC GMD in August 2015 but replaced him with Baru in July 2016.
In the letter, Kachikwu alleged that Baru had been sidelining the board.
“The effect of the attitude of the GMD and the sidelining of the board is that there is a fear culture in NNPC.
“The open administration I introduced with your support in our year of pushing reforms, has been completely eroded. The essence of this innovation was to drive great working interface and interaction amongst all parastatals in the petroleum sector.
“NNPC staff are afraid of contacting me for the fear of being punished, sidelined in appointments and targeted.”

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