The Trade Union Congress, TUC, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to seek out a competent individual to replace him as Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources.
According to TUC, the perfect candidate for the job should have the requisite knowledge and experience to fully supervise the ministry and report to the president.
“There is urgent need for the appointment of a substantive Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources; the ideal candidate for this should be someone who has the necessary knowledge, experience and competence, and who would directly oversee the affairs of the ministry and report regularly to the President,” TUC President Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, said recently.
“That position is too important to the economy to be subsumed as one of the many offices or portfolios of the President and Commander-in-Chief. Of course the position of the Minister of State for Petroleum and Mineral Resources should continue to exist as a junior minister in the ministry. A separate Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) should also be appointed to directly supervise the affairs of the NNPC.”
Kaigama said all the appointees must be persons of bold, incorruptible and sound principles, adding that the cabals in the sector emerged due to corruption.
“It is high time we halt the ugly trend whereby members of the cabal are paid billions of naira for ‘fuel imports’ that never reach our shores,” he said.