President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, are currently meeting behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The minister arrived the Presidential Villa at about 11.40am for the meeting.
This is the first one-on-one meeting Buhari will be having with the minister since a letter Kachikwu wrote to the President on the conduct of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Dr. Maikanti Baru, was made public.
It was gathered that the minister is expected to discuss the allegations of corruption and insubordination he laid against the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC), Maikanti Baru with the president.
Concise News had reported that a memo sent by the minister to the president, complaining about insubordination and alleged corruption by Baru, was leaked to the media.
In the letter, Kachikwu urged the President to intervene and “save the office of the Minister of State from further humiliation and disrespect by compelling all parastatals to submit to oversight regulatory mandate and proper supervision” which he is supposed to manage on the President’s behalf.
He also called on President Buhari to “save the NNPC and the oil industry from collapse arising from the above non-transparent practices and empower the Board” to do the needful.