Cabinet: I will head Petroleum Ministry –Buhari

In far-away New York, President Muhammadu Buhari opened the veil on the shape of his cabinet with the disclosure that he will head the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

Speaking with newsmen in New York on Tuesday, after addressing a Global Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism, Buhari declared: “I will remain Minister of Petroleum,” adding, “I will appoint a Minister of State for Petroleum.”

The president said, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), this step is being taken as part of efforts to sanitise Nigeria’s oil industry which is said to be 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 said that the prosecution of those who misappropriated NNPC’s revenue under past administrations would soon commence.

On corruption, he pledged that the federal government will fight corruption, because it has been identified as the root of all problems hindering Nigeria as a nation.

It would be recalled that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, for most part of his tenure, was the mister of petroleum.
Senate is expected to unveil the list of ministerial nominees at today’s plenary before going on recess till next Tuesday.

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