‘Save Me From Baru’s Disrespect, Humiliation And Insubordination’:Kachikwu Cries To Buhari

The Oasis Reporters

October 4, 2017

*NNPC GMD Not Adhering ‘ To Due Process’

*Insubordinate and disrespectful

*ND youths say He Is high handed

Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu

Perhaps the Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, is just realizing that he has been outmanouvred into a glorified figurehead position as the Minister of state for petroleum resources and has therefore written a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged insubordination of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru.

Maikanti Baru, NNPC Group Managing Director.

In a deft move to calm the Niger delta ‘restiveness’ following his interview in the USA that he will show greater favor to the 95% region that voted for him against the region that gave him 5% votes which “is the reality”, Buhari had appointed Kachikwu as NNPC GMD in August 2015.
It became sport to point to Niger delta agitators that they should watch only positive actions as against divisive slips of tongue.
In less than a year of calmness restoration, President Buhari quietly “promoted” Dr. Ibe to the position of deputy minister of Petroleum Resources while he took over the ministry as substantive Minister. Kachikwu Ibe was replaced with Baru in July 2016, while Kachikwu was made the “chairman” of the NNPC board.

The minister, in a letter , accused Baru of “completely eroding” some of the reforms he introduced as head of the oil firm, as well as sidelining him in the re-organisation and reposting done in the NNPC, as the board was never briefed but got to know of the appointments on the pages of newspapers.

While lamenting that the NNPC has refused to report to his office or the board on serious issues, Kachikwu urged the President to save his office from further humiliation and disrespect, adding that when he calls for meetings, Baru chooses which to attend and the ones to send subordinates without the courtesy of calling him, his supervisory minister.

The letter dated 30th August, 2017 was titled: ‘Matters of Insubordination and Lack of Adherrence to Due Process Perpetrated by the GMD NNPC – Dr Baru’, and was marked HMS/MPR/001/VOL1/100.

It reads in part, “Like the previous reorganisations and repostings done since Mr Baru resumed as GMD, I was never given the opportunity before the announcements to discuss these appointments. This is so despite being the minister of state petroleum and chairman, NNPC board.

“The board of NNPC which you appointed and which has met every month since its inauguration, and which by the NNPC is meant to review these planned appointments and postings, was never briefed. Members of the board learnt of these appointments from the pages of social media and the press release of NNPC.

“Indeed, in anticipation of vacancies that would arise from retiring senior executives of NNPC, I wrote the GMD a letter requesting that we both have prior review of the proposed appointments. Not only did he not give my letter the courtesy of a reply, he proceeded to announce the appointments without consultation on board concurrence.

“Mr President, please note that there is a board service committee whose function is to review potential appointment and termination of senior staff prior to implementation. This committee was also not consulted.

“The open administration I introduced with your support in our year of pushing reforms, has been completely eroded. NNPC staff are afraid of contacting me for the fear of being punished, sidelined in appointments and targeted.

“The effect of the attitude of the GMD and the sidelining of the board is that there is a fear culture in NNPC.”

In a previous report,

[http://www.theoasisreporters.com/nnpc-boss-baru-is-insensitive-and-highhanded-sack-him-now-niger-delta-youths-tell-buhari/] , Niger Delta youth leaders

A group of Niger Delta youth leaders has told President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Group Managing Director, GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, or else the relative peace being enjoyed in the zone will become a thing of the past. They say that criminal activities are gradually returning in the region as a result of the alleged insensitivity and inefficiency of the GMD, therefore in order to avert a looming crisis in the Niger Delta region, Baru must not continue in office.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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