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Kachikwu expresses displeasure at the ministry’s leaked letter

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Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu [Photo Credit: ThisDay]

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, on Tuesday, expressed dismay at the leak to public domain, of the memo addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari by the ministry, .

Kachikwu made his displeasure know in a statement in Abuja through Mr Idang Alibi, Director, Press Relations, in the ministry.

He said “the attention of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources has been drawn to a publication on a memo emanating from the ministry.

“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.

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He however, explained what the memo entailed.

“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.”

It had been reported that Kachikwu wrote a letter to Buhari complaining of disregard for official processes by Dr Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

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