• Calls for suspension of Baru

 

By Jimmy Lace, Warri

Dr Ibe Kachikwu

Dr Ibe Kachikwu

 

The Niger Delta oil monitoring group, Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC) has warned against attempts aimed at frustrating the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu claiming that the life of the Minister is currently under threat.

In a statement, the group said it has uncovered plans to allocate 100 per cent of oil blocs to Northerners to the detriment of people of the Niger Delta region pointing out that the planned declaration of operation Crocodile Smile in the Niger Delta was a ploy to check any resistance from the people of the region to the allocation of the oil blocs.

On the trail of the alleged misconduct bordering on insubordination and subversion of due process leveled against the GMD of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, by Dr Ikechkwu, the Petroleum Minister, the group called for an urgent and thorough investigation of the scandal to ensuring that justice is done in line with the integrity profile of President Muhammadu Buhari.

NDIMRC recommended outright suspension of Dr Baru from office as GMD of NNPC.

The statement signed by the group’s President (Nelly Emma), Secretary (John Sailor) and PRO (Stanley Mukoro) said the Petroleum Minister deserved to be treated fairly and accorded due respect.

“We have been watching the activities of the GMD of the NNPC, Dr. Baru since he came on board and we are not impressed with the way he is treating the Minister of State for Petroleum and people from the Niger Delta region working in the NNPC. We have seen that the GMD of NNPC is bent on destroying the solid foundation laid by the Minister of State for Petroleum and determined to frustrate the Minister, but we are not going to take this lightly because the oil Dr. Baru is presiding over belongs to the people of the Niger Delta region and not the North.

“The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu must be allowed to take charge of the Board of NNPC which the President inaugurated. Our findings revealed that the recent appointments and postings were done without the knowledge of the Board. Members of the Board learned of these appointments from social media and the press release of NNPC. This is bad enough and must not be encouraged”, the Group said.

“We are not happy over the way the Minister is being frustrated. He should be allowed to exercise his power as the Chairman of the NNPC Board. They should let the whole world to know why he is not being allowed to function effectively as the Chairman of the Board. The Minister was transparent when he was the GMD of NNPC, he carried out ethnic balancing, but the reverse is now the case since Dr. Baru was appointed. The current Board of the NNPC must be empowered and given free hand to operate”.

“The office of the Minister of State for Petroleum must be saved from further humiliation and disrespect. The Minister is not anti-North as all appointments made by him in the past were balanced and based strictly on skills, experience, drive and ethnic balancing for senior management positions, but this is not the case with the current GMD of the NNPC”, the group stated.

The oil monitoring group urged President Buhari to treat the letter written to him by the Minister with all seriousness, adding that the President must call the GMD of NNPC to order now.

“For transparency, we want to appeal to the President that the recently announced reorganization changes carried out by the GMD of the NNPC Dr. Baru be suspended until the GMD, the Minister, and the Board have made relevant input.

 

GMD, NNPC Dr Baru

GMD, NNPC Dr Baru

“We make bold to say that the fight against corruption of the administration of President Buhari will be meaningless without a total clean up of the NNPC. The GMD of NNPC has awarded Contracts worth over 25 Billion Dollars without approval of the Board at a time the whole world is being told that the President is fighting corruption .Who is fooling who? And does the GMD have the right to do so. If this was done by somebody from the South — South, EFCC, SSS and DSS would have gone after such person. The whole world is watching how the President is fighting corruption in Nigeria.

“The only offence of Niger Delta ex-militant Leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo) was that he sold his property to the previous administration for #11Billion and at the end of the day he was declared wanted by the Government of the day. Even the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo during a visit, was impressed with the Nigerian Maritime University,  Okerenkoko that Tompolo attracted to the region. But his name entered the bad book of the Federal Government. What about the GMD of NNPC that awarded 25 Billion Dollars contracts without following due process? Has anyone accused him of wrong doing? Even Nnamdi Kanu that has been labeled as a Terrorist by the Federal Government has not committed the magnitude of the offence the GMD of NNPC has committed against the Nigerian State.

“Our investigation revealed that oil blocs in the Niger Delta region would soon be allocated completely(100 %)  to the North hence the planned declaration of Crocodile Smile in the region so that the owners of the oil will be wiped out if they resist the allocation of their God given resources. Let it be made clear that this injustice that is about to be carried out against the peace loving people of the oil rich Niger Delta region will not stand and no amount of Crocodile Smile can stop the people whose time has come”, the oil monitoring group stated.

It added that;”Oil companies are no longer interested in investing in Nigeria because of the massive corruption in NNPC under the watch of the current GMD. We implore the Federal Government to send EFCC, SSS, DSS, Crocodile Smile and Python Dance to the NNPC. The scandal in NNPC must be investigated and the Corporation cleaned of corruption. We are also calling for the immediate suspension of the GMD of NNPC for the probe of the Corporation to be meaningful.

“Oil production has gone up because of the prevailing peace in the Niger Delta region. Militants in the Region have stopped the bombing of oil facilities and so the Federal Government has no reason to declare Crocodile Smile in the region. We are insisting that the planned declaration of Crocodile Smile is because the Government is about allocating 100% of the oil blocs to the North.

“Our checks have shown that the Cabal in the North is planning to use the Military, EFCC, SSS and DSS against the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu because they are not happy with the letter he wrote to the President. The life of the Minister is under threat, his life is no longer safe and the Cabal should be held responsible should any unpleasant thing happen to the Minister”, the group alleged