The Movement for Survival of Ijaw Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND), has uncovered a grand plot by some power drunk individuals who are within and outside the presidency to indict the petroleum minister of state Mr. Ibe Kachukwu.
MOSIEND through it National secretary Ambassador Winston Amain, said the evil plan is to indict close family members of the minister and also reaching out to Managing Directors of servicing companies asking for information that will implicate the minister of state Mr. Ibe Kachukwu of wrong doings.
The MOSIEND leader further said, these people have planned to reward any individuals that comes up with a valuable information that will indict Mr. Ibe with either juicy contracts or appointment to a profitable board at the federal level.
We are calling on the Federal Government of Nigeria, Nigerians and the International Communities to be aware of this grand plot to give a dog a bad name, just to hang the petroleum minister of state, Mr. Ibe Kachukwu Because he exposed the contract racketing within the NNPC, the MOSIEND scribe said.
Ambassador Amain, while calling on Nigerians, Nigerian Government and the International communities to be aware of the grand plot by some individuals to indict the minister of petroleum of state, also condemned the action of NUPENG and PENGASSAN for rally round Mr. Baru, the MD of NNPC instead of calling for external probe of issues raise by the minister of petroleum of state.
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, had earlier pledged their support in Abuja according to a statement by Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC Group General Manager Group Public Affairs Division.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, had accused Mr. Baru of flouting contractual agreements, creating panic and stealing culture in the corporation and insubordination among others.
Mr. Ughamadu, reacting to the allegations on monday, however, said the minister's allegations were not true as due process had been followed in the corporation's various activities.
Mr. Ughamadu said at a solidarity visit to the GMD, the National President of PENGASSAN, Francis Johnson, said the unions and its members considered it appropriate to rally round Mr. Baru and the NNPC Management to pledge their support.
In the same vein, the National secretary of MOSIEND, Ambassador Winston Cotterel Amain, said, the plan directing the NNPC and National Petroleum Investment Management Service NAPIMS to direct operators in the petroleum industry to release $100 million dollars annually for the development of North East should be replicated in the Oil producing Communities where Oil exploration and exploitation activities have destroyed their primary source of livelihood, which are fishing, farming etc.
Saying our people cannot continue to suffer untold hardship as a result of Oil exploration and exploitation, while those without Oil keep enjoying the largess, he bemoaned.