Browsing: Dr. Ibe Kachikwu

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, had in a memo to President Muhammadu Buhari accused the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, of unilaterally awarding over $25 billion contracts without recourse to him or the Board of the corporation

The reason why Kachikwu is in tatters, while Baru is hiding under the formidable shadows of the President and his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, is because Buhari is involved. And that’s why when all is said and done, no NNPC Board, no Tenders Board, no FEC and, believe me, no National Assembly, can unravel the messy feud between Kachikwu and Baru

Fayose described the allegation of the award of $25 billion contracts without following due process by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, against the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, as messy and an embarrassment to the country

I say this for two reasons. When Dr. Ibe Kachikwu was appointed the GMD in charge of the NNPC and as Minister of State in 2015, it looked like a dream appointment and an extra-ordinary career point for him but not necessarily for the sector.  Dr Kachikwu did not hesitate to assert himself and in his attempt to reform the NNPC, one of the victims was a certain Dr Maikanti Baru, most senior Executive Director at the NNPC, who was redeployed under the new dispensation as a Technical Adviser in the Ministry of Petroleum. This was like sending Baru to desert territory of the oil and gas sector. How the same Baru eventually got rehabilitated as GMD of the NNPC, to work with the same man who had tried to marginalize him within the system was a poor demonstration of an understanding of human psychology.