Kachikwu/Baru Feud: What Oil Workers Are Saying
There is a show of shame enveloping Nigeria’s petroleum sector.
This has become the case after President Buhari’s junior petroleum minister, Ibe Kachikwu raised alarm over lack of due process in the handling of affairs in Nigeria’s oil company, NNPC.
The story continues to develop with a rather awkward twist.
On Monday, Nigeria’s oil workers threw their weight behind the embattled NNPC boss, Maikanti Baru – a move some industry watchers are not sure of its essence.
The workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) were said to have paid a solidarity visit to Baru on Monday, pledging support for what they described as his “transformation strides”.
The pledge was contained in a statement by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the NNPC Group General Manager Group, Public Affairs Division.
Recall that all this drama started after Kachikwu accused Baru of flouting contractual agreements, creating a fear culture in the corporation and insubordination among others in a letter to President Buhari which was leaked to the media.
Ughamadu, reacting to the allegations on Monday, however, said the Minister’s allegations were not true as due process had been followed in the corporation’s various activities.
The National President of PENGASSAN, Mr Francis Johnson, during a solidarity visit to the NNPC said the unions and its members considered it appropriate to rally round Baru and the NNPC Management to pledge their support.
The drama continues to fold as Nigerians watch on!
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