The request is coming despite denials by Kachikwu that he was not responsible for the leakage of the letter to the media.
A statement by the National Secretary of IPMAN, Danladi Garba Pasali yesterday described recent media reports that Dr Kachikwu and Baru both agreed that an autonomous NNPC and other regulators like the Department of Petroleum Resources will enable the progress of the oil and gas industry as a welcome development.
Part of the statement reads, “In the report, the minister was quoted to have said at the Nigeria Economic Summit 2017 in Abuja that he is currently ‘whittling down the powers of the minister’s office in the on-going reforms of the industry so that these institutions could work and work well, the reality is that no one will work as a minister forever, you are going to hand over that portfolio’”.
The association therefore submitted thus, “We expects the minister to start by showing example to publicly apologise over his leaked letter which nearly brought down the integrity of the GMD NNPC, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the current petroleum sector.
“His apology is necessary in order to clear the minds of many uninformed and some mischievous elements who are still insisting on the wrong impression of massive corruption by the Maikanti Baru led administration as alleged in Kachikwu’s letter to the President.”