VICE President has admitted approving contracts for the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which have become contentious between the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and the NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD), Maikanti Baru.
His spokesman, Laolu Akande, said in a series of tweets on his verified twitter handle @akandeoj, on Thursday that the contracts were approved after due diligence by the Vice President when he acted as President recently.
He said the Vice President approved the recommendations for the contracts as part of necessary actions to deal with a backlog of unpaid cash calls and incentivize investments.
He said he made the clarification in view of media inquiries that followed NNPC’s claim that the contracts were indeed approved by Osinbajo.
The tweets stated: “In response to media inquiries on NNPC joint venture financing, VP Osinbajo, as Ag President, approved recommendations after due diligence & adherence to established procedure.
Action necessary to deal with huge backlog of unpaid cash calls which Buhari administration inherited and also to incentivize much needed fresh investments in the oil & gas sector.”
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