The power tussle and horse-trading between the Minister of State for Petroleum Dr Ibe Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru have drawn the attention of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.
The Senate has consequently set up a nine-man Ad-hoc committee to investigate some policies introduced by Baru, particularly, the allocation of products to Duke Oil.
The ad-hoc committee is headed by Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, according to a statement, issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Bashir Rabe Mani, on Saturday in Sokoto.
According to the statement, the committee will carry out a holistic investigation into the activities of NNPC Trading Ltd.
In the same vein, it will investigate the allegations against the GMD by the Minister, Kachikwu on the memo he sent to President Muhammadu Buhari, which was leaked to the media on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Mani quoted the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, as expressing huge confidence in the Sen. Wamakko-led committee to diligently discharge the all-important assignment.
Wamakko, who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, while responding, pledged to work assiduously in the discharge of the assignment.
Other members of the committee are Senators Tayo Alasoadra, Kabir G. Marafa, Samuel N. Anyanwu, Ahmed G.Ogembe, Albert B. Akpan, Baba Kaka B. Garbai, Chukwuka G. Utazi and Rose O. Oko.
By Our Correspondent in Sokoto