The Integrity Youth Alliance has condemned the false publication by Sahara Reporters titled “EXPOSED: Petroleum Minister, Cronies Plot Kangaroo NNPC Report To Divert $650million Oil Contracts To Themselves.”
In a press release on Tuesday signed by the National Coordinator of the Alliance, Kelvin Adegbenga, he said that Nigerians no longer take Sahara Reporters serious as they publish without facts.
“The Abe-led Presidential Inter-ministerial Committee which submitted its report to the Federal Government through the Minister of State Petroleum; was a Federal Government constituted Committee and not the NNPC as falsely reported by Sahara Reporters.
“We wondered what ‘Plot Kangaroo NNPC Report’ Sahara Reporters is referring to when the NNPC didn’t set up any committee not to talk of ‘diverting $650million Oil Contracts To Themselves’ as falsely reported by Sahara Reporters, Adegbenga said,
He further said that Sahara Reporters completely goofed when it says in its publication that “Emeka Offor has sufficiently gagged and caged the NNPC and Ministry of Petroleum through his nomination of Senator Magnus Abe to represent South-South and also the nomination his cousin, Dr Stephen Dike, to represent South-East by facilitating the appointment through Mamman Daura and also through the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva”.
“To prove that we are right on the false publication of Sahara Reporters claiming that NNPC plan to award or revoke oil mining licenses of Addax Petroleum, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the restoration of the leases on OMLs 123, 124, 126 and 137 to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, which is in production sharing contract with Addax Petroleum, a company wholly owned by Government of the People’s Republic of China on the blocks.
The Alliance said that issues of revocation, allocation and management of oil blocks are exclusively the preserve of the DPR and not the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.