President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that he would be the minister of Petroleum Resources in the federal cabinet he is about to form.
He said that what he would do is to appoint a minister of state (junior minister) to would assist him to run the ministry properly and cleanse it of the Augean stables.
President Buhari made thise known yesterday when he spoke to some select reporters in New York, USA, after addressing a global leaders’ summit on ‘Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism.’
“I will remain minister of petroleum. I will appoint a minister of state for petroleum.”
According to him, this step is part of efforts to sanitise Nigeria’s oil industry which is plagued by corruption, massive fraud and crude oil theft.
Buhari restated his determination to sanitise Nigeria’s oil industry and free it from corruption and shady deals.
He said that the first step in this direction had already been taken with the appointment of a new management for the NNPC and its subsequent reorganisation.
The president also said that the prosecution of those who misappropriated NNPC’s revenue under past administrations would soon commence. [myad]