It is very unfortunate that the Public Affairs Division led by Mr. Ndu Ughamadu the Group General Manager would take up time to portray loyalty to his boss to protect his job but ended up communicating absolute rubbish in the public space.
In his write-up, he wrote that the law and the rules do not require a review or discussion with the Minister of State or the NNPC board on contractual matters “what is required is the processing and approval of contracts by NNPC tenders Board, the President in his executive capacity as or Petroleum Minister as the case may be”. There are therefore situations where all that is required is the approval of the NNPC Tenders Board, while, in other cases, based on the threshold, the award must be submitted for the presidential approval. Likewise in some instances, it is FEC approval that is required.
By reading this type of submission, it only confirms that Mr. Ndu Ughamadu must be protecting his job as Group General Manager Public Affairs Division but very unfortunately shows that he is either a highly corrupt staff of NNPC or he is consciously trying to defend and protect the corrupt practices of his boss Mr. Baru.
From all analysis based on his position in NNPC, Mr. Ughamadu must have been working with NNPC for a very long period and must have worked under different GMDs and Honourable Ministers
My first question to this Ughamadu is to tell the Nigeria citizens how many Honourable Minister of State have been appointed since working with NNPC? For avoidance of doubt, the President Buhari government of the APC was the first to create this position called the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources. What entailed in the past governments were substantive Ministers. For clarity of misrepresentation and deceit of Mr. Ndu Ughanadu’s submission, it is of worthy to remind Mr. Ughamadu that Mr. Ibe Kachikwu is your substantive Honourable Minister. By your adherence to script written appointments that are totally corrupt and indefensible, Ibe kachikwu is heading the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and represents NNPC at the FEC.
For your information and correction, the President IS NOT DE FACTO MINISTER OF PETROLEUM. Mr. Baru sidelining Kachikwu to go direct to Mr. President is corruptly dancing to the planned script to sideline Kachikwu but unfortunately, he ended up exposing his total lack of professionalism. Every report to be presented at FEC for approval must go through the Ministry for accountability and due process. Going directly to Mr. President only confirms a hidden plan script because Mr. President CANNOT prepares FEC report and he cannot also defend it. The power to write and defend such contract or any other demand by NNPC falls under the purview of Mr. Ibe Kachikwu. Kindly note that this is not law but commonsense of adherence to due process.
It is very unimaginable and total lack of intellectuality for for a man of your rank in NNPC to say that contracts matters “what is required is the processing and approval of contracts by NNPC tenders Board, the President in his executive capacity as or Petroleum Minister as the case may be”. There are therefore situation where all that is required is the approval of the NNPC Tenders Board, while, in other cases, based on the threshold, the award must be submitted for the presidential approval. Likewise in some instances, it is FEC approval that is required.” Only confirms your alloyed support for irregularities and corrupt laden intentions in scuttling the supposedly due process that will at the end create transparency.
You are very much consciously aware that the President is NOT a functional Minister and your ONLY functional Minister and Chairman of NNPC Board was same Kachikwu. By virtue of being the Chairman of NNPC Board is by confirmation the Minister of Petroleum Resources. You can never sideline the Board to go direct to see the Minister no matter the ACT of NNPC that you are claiming to rely upon. Every contract has value. The GMD has his value limit of contract, the Management Board has its own value contract limit and it applies to the Board and finally the Minister. Once a contract value surpassed the Minister, it then goes to the FEC. You failed to highlight to us the contract limit of the Minister of State before jumping to the President the non-functional substantive Minister as you claimed to seek for his approval.
In every organization being it government, banks or private enterprises, the creation of management boards for the day-to-day operations are totally acceptable and known facts. Unfortunately, the management boards for any organization were not created to subvert the existence of actual Boards that you are trying to diminish their roles in NNPC.
This NNPC saga started immediately Ibe Kachikwu was appointed as the GMD of NNPC. All the Northern Emirs started agitating and protesting with series of representations to President Buhari of their displeasure to appoint a Southerner as GMD NNPC because they are very much aware that Ibe kachikwu will not be given out the handouts every month for the operations and maintenance of their palaces. The President in trying to abide by the mounting pressure from the Emirs became very tactical and decided to play a very diplomatically appointment and thus wisely created the non-existed Ministry of State Petroleum Resources as he knows that it will be very glaring to appoint a Northerner as the GMD whilst he occupies the substantive non functional Minister of Petroleum Resources a position he occupies for selfish reasons. It was very glaring of his intentions when he immediately appointed kachikwu to approbate and reprobate as Honourable Minister of State/GMD Petroleum Resources. His plans were focusing to bring in a Northerner to usurp the GMD from Kachikwu.
The Emirs immediately started to nominate core Northerners names to the Villa for the position of GMD because they knew that Kachikwu would surrender to the GMD. Unfortunately for them, Mr. Baru was not a core Northerner but from Middle Belt as he was the highest placed near Northerner as GED. Unfortunately, he was not an outstanding GED based on his performance. The lobbying for him became very strong as he went round to all Emirs to solicit support. They finally achieved their objective as Ibe Kachikwu was out of the country on a service to the nation; he was unceremoniously removed as GMD. This was not the President intentions but was coarse by pressure from the Emirs. The President immediately created NNPC Board and compensated Mr. Kachikwu as the chairman of the Board of NNPC but cleverly also appointed Abba Kyari as a board member to be his watchdog. This was the planned script.
When dubious games are being played to subvert due process, we sometimes out played ourselves. This is what the President did to himself because he unfortunately out played himself because the Minister of State he created became indirectly the substantive Minister. He represents the ministry at FEC and also the Chairman of NNPC Board, a position normally meant for substantive Ministers.
Every task in the oil industry fell into the control of Ibe kachikwu as Buhari was not functional. Mr. Baru knows that but unfortunately must play the script given to him.
It is advisable that Mr Baru and his GGM Public Affairs remain silent and stop defending their corrupt activities because election is round the corner and no one could predict the outcome of 2019. The truth cannot be hidden forever, as huge NNPC resources are being used to support the Emir palaces in the North and we all know the terminology that says one day is for the master and several days for the servant and this one day, that truth will be opened to the public.
Please share for truth to be known