The Ministry of Petroleum Resources has described the publication of a letter by the Minister of Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu to President Muhammadu Buhari as distressing.
It could be recalled that a petition written by Kachikwu to President Buhari had been published online on Tuesday. The minister in the petition, accused Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru of insubordination.
He also said Baru was gradually destroying all his reforms while he was GMD of NNPC.
However, in a statement by the Director of Press Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Idang Alibi, the ministry said the letter was aimed at improving efficiency and deepening transparency in the oil and gas sector.
The statement read, “The attention of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has been drawn to a publication on a memo emanating from the HMSPR to the President.
Please note the following:
“The communication under reference is a normal procedural correspondence by the Minister to the President relating to developments in parastatals under his supervision.
“It is most distressing to the ministry of petroleum resources that a confidential communication to the President on the performance of one of its parastatals can be made public.
“The focus of the communication was on improving efficiency and deepening transparency in the oil and gas sector for continued investor confidence.
“It is noteworthy that the President has been fully supportive of the efforts of the Ministry to entrench good governance and accountability in the oil and gas sector.
“The Ministry of Petroleum Resources remains focused on achieving measurable progress in the implementation of the ongoing oil sector reforms in line with the mandate of the President.”