The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, says the leakage to the public of a memo to the President Muhammadu by his ministry is deplorable.

After the letter came to public domain, the spokesman for the ministry, Idang Alibi, issued a statement expressing displeasure with the development.

In the letter, Dr. Kachukwu had described levels of insubordination by the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru.

The Minister had alleged that Dr. Baru disregarded official process in some of his decisions.

“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.

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“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,” Mr Alibi said.

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