Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has called on the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources who also doubles as Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to resign his appointment for failure to address the challenges facing the oil and gas industry.
The union in a press statement signed by its acting general secretary, Comrade Joseph Ogbebor, stated that Dr. Kachikwu should resign for his inability to address the perennial fuel scarcity which has worsened since his appointment as NNPC Group Managing Director.
“The union notes that the proposed plan by NNPC under Dr. Ibe Kachikwu to cut contracting cycle in the oil and gas sector which will impact negatively on the workers in the sector from the current two to four years to six months will further worsen the unemployment situation in the country,” the statement read in part.
NUPENG further observed that the planned privatisation of the nation’s assets vis-à-vis the refineries, depots and jetties through the backdoor to cronies would not be in the best interest of the country.
In a related development, an unconfirmed report of the sack of the Minister of state for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC set the internet abuzz yesterday.
The report, which did not cite any official sources, also said President Buhari had named Maikanti Baru, NNPC Group Executive Director, as Mr. Kachikwu’s replacement as head of the country’s oil company.
NNPC through its Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Garba-deen Mohammed, dispelled the report as false. Garba Deen stated that the Minister of State for Petroleum is still carrying out his duties as assigned to him by the president and urged Nigerians to ignore the report as there is no iota of truth in it.
“The story is completely false,” Mr. Mohammed said. “It should be ignored by all Nigerians.”
“The minister is currently in his office and has continued to function in the roles assigned to him by the president.”

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