More troubles loom for the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe kachikwu, as the leadership of all the industry unions are unanimously calling for his resignation or dismissal.
The latest move comes on the hills of the recent clarification from the Presidency, which cleared the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and its Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru of wrong doing as alleged by the Minister.
The leadership of the tanker drivers say that the group may call for total shutdown of its activities to press home their demand for Kachikwu’s resignation ahead of a planned meeting of downstream stakeholders next week.
According to them, Kachikwu has lost the moral integrity to lead the ministry or supervise the oil and gas industry, following steps taken by the Presidency to clear the air on allegations raised by the minister accusing the NNPC GMD of insubordination and highhandedness.
Furthermore, the leadership of National Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO, the umbrella association of all the owners of fuel tankers in the country, told Kachikwu to step down as minister of petroleum resources in what it described as “immature attitude” by the minister.
NARTO reprimanded the minister, saying his loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari can no longer be guaranteed.
“We would like to reiterate that the comment made by the Hon. Minister were an act of immaturity and an indirect affront on the personality of President Muhammadu Buhari who is the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources. It is absolutely ridiculous for him to say that he could not have access to the President even though he is a Cabinet Minister serving in the same Ministry where the President is the substantive Minister,’’ NARTO Stated in the document signed by Alhaji (Dr.) Kassim Ibrahim Bataiya its National President.