The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) Senator Tayo Alasoadura, has called for the immediate suspension of the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
According to Alasoadura, the continuous presence of Baru at the NNPC could jeopardise the Senate investigation into the allegations that he allegedly approved contracts to the tune of $25bn without the approval of the corporation’s board.
Senator Alasoadura made this declarations in an interview with newsmen over the weekend.
Alasoadura said the suspension of both parties is necessary in order not to hamper investigations, “because records will be needed and even from the date of the leakage of that letter, I think action should have been taken to ensure that nothing will be missing when investigations start”
“So, I think the two of them should be asked to step aside and when investigation is over, whoever is culpable will go and whoever is not culpable, will continue with his duties.”
The Senator who represents Ondo Central Senatorial District, identified the fact that President Buhari doubles as the Minister of Petroleum Resources as one of the major reasons bedevilling the corporation.
Describing the arrangement as faulty, Alasoadura said President Buhari should step down and appoint a substantive minister who would be able to do the job more effectively.
“Judging from the many problems plaguing our country today, I believe Mr. President should devote more time to other things and let an independent person run the petroleum resources ministry who will then report to him twice or once a week.’’