The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has broken its silence on the recent letter written by the Minister of State for Petroleum Dr Ibe Kachikwu to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The NNPC in a letter titled ‘Re: Allegations of Lack of Adherence to Due Process in NNPC Contract Awards’ and signed by the General Manager Public Affairs, Ndu Ughamadu, states that the law and rules of NNPC do not require discussion with the Minister of state before awarding contracts.
The statement adds that contrary to Kachikwu’s claims, he was involved in the contracting process for the crude oil term contracts.
the statement read in parts “Furthermore, contrary to the assertion of Dr Kachikwu that he was never involved in the 2017/2018 contracting process for the Crude Oil Term Contracts, Dr. Kachikwu was in fact expressly consulted by the GMD and his recommendations were taken into account in following through the laid down procedure,”.
The statement concludes that Kachikwu’s allegations were baseless as due process was followed in the various activities bordering on awarding of contracts.