As we all still await the list of Ministerial Appointments, President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he will head the Ministry of Petroleum in the new cabinet.
However he added that he will appoint a minister of state for the ministry.
While addressing reporters in New York on Tuesday, he said: “I will remain Minister of Petroleum. I will appoint a minister of State for Petroleum.”
The report went on to say:
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.
Nigerians who have been waiting for the list of appointments since yesterday have had different reactions to the news, with some for it, and others not so much.
Good Buhari will be petroleum minister. He has the experience plus that ministry is crucial to Nigeria’s finances. Can’t afford “leakages.”
— Remi Adekoya (@RemiAdekoya1) September 30, 2015
NNPC (most corrupt institution) exempted from Treasury Single Account, Now Baba wants to be Petroleum Minister… Okaaaaaay! — Lord Dave. (@DoSinclair) September 30, 2015
I hear Buhari has appointed himself Petroleum Minister. For the records, last time he was in 1978, $2.8bn went missing. God help Nigeria! ?
— Uwem Inyang (@cameoses) September 30, 2015
If you were going to appoint yourself Petroleum Minister, why did waste almost 4 months? A sign of seriousness? — Onye #2ndNigerBridge (@cchukudebelu) September 30, 2015
— Audu Maikori (@Audu) September 30, 2015
I will be called a wailer but I am not a fan of Buhari leading the Petroleum Industry. Let there be institutional process and transparency.
— Oluseun l #OpenNASS (@seunonigbinde) September 30, 2015
What do you think of Buhari appointing himself as Petroleum Minister?