The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr. Andrew Yakubu, has denied any rift with the Minister of Petroleum Resources and Chairman of NNPC board, Mrs. Diezeani Alison-Madueke, insisting that there is a harmonious working relationship amongst the duo and that those insinuating a phantom frosty relationship between the two key figures in the oil and gas industry, are on their own.
A statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe which was made available to newsmen in Abuja over the weekend, described the reports claiming the existence of a misunderstanding between the two key figures, as a figment of the overheated imagination of the authors.
Mr. Alegbe said the minister of Petroleum Resources and the NNPC in the last few months have heeded countless number of summons from the National Assembly wondering why the media would go to town with the report that the Petroleum Minister was doing everything to thwart the proposed investigation into the alleged N10billion purportedly expended on the charter of jets by the Corporation.
The NNPC spokesman maintained that the Minister and the Corporation are putting together all the documents that the House of Representatives Committee on Public Account had requested for, stressing that at the end of the probe, the Minister and the Corporation would be vindicated.
Mr. Alegbe averred that the GMD of the Corporation was in London last week for the board meeting of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, saying the NNPC would remain focused on its core mandate of guaranteeing energy sufficiency for the country.
The NNPC Spokesman dismissed the reports in its entirety and implored media practitioners to adhere to the ethics of journalism which holds facts as sacred and recommends that when in doubt, leave out.
Meanwhile In a deft move aimed at sanitizing the nation’s fuel supply and distribution channel, the Minister of Petroleum Resources has reeled out measures to ensure round the clock availability of petrol across the country.
Under the arrangement, the Minister has approved the allocation of a total volume of 1, 854, 314 metric tones of premium motor spirit known as petrol as supplementary volumes for first quarters 2014 and second quarter 2014 June only delivery.