Friday, October 16, 2015

Diezani Alison-Madueke, the ex-minister of petroleum, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment, has reacted to the Senate screening of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial appointees. Clem Aguiyi, Diezani’s media consultant, praised the Senate for televising live the screening of ministerial appointees. He commented on the screening of Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, saying that the wonderful performance of the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) during the screening confirmed almost all the policies championed and actions taken by Alison-Madueke. Aguiyi further praised the NNPC chief for speaking from the courage of his convictions because his declared plans to distribute free cylinders to every home with gas stations closer to homes is in line with Alison-Madueke’s stimulation of gas-based industrialisation. He also stated that Alison-Madueke, besides the PIB, also backed the execution of local content in the oil sector and pushed for the adoption of the Nigerian Content Development Bill into law as a major priority. According to Aguiyi, when Diezani was a minister, “Nigerians, for the first time, also made critical infrastructure investments such as marine vessels, petroleum jetties and depots to the extent that over 50 % of vessels operating in Nigeria are owned by Nigerian indigenes.” “The nation cannot simply wish away the fact that as oil minister, Alison-Madueke made giant strides, as she laid down solid foundations and made achievements that can be built upon by the current and future administration,” the statement concluded. Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on suspicion of bribery and money laundering earlier in October.

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