Why some people want me out of Petroleum Ministry – Deziani


The Minister of
Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Deziani Allison-Maduekwe, Thursday attributed the
unrelenting attack on her office to those she said had been frustrated from
continuing with their nefarious deals in the petroleum sector of the economy. In an interview in Abuja on Thursday the minister said those who
have no skeleton in their cupboards need not be afraid of the reforms in the
sector as it was meant to benefit all Nigerians.

“A vast majority of
Nigerians are happy with Mr. Jonathan for the far reaching decisions his
administration has taken to stabilise the sector.

“Those fighting the government in the media are  doing so
because we have been able to frustrate their efforts in strangulating the
economy through their devilish black market and questionable profiteering at
the expense of the Nigeria people.
“I would not want to join issues with those criticising me because
they are crying foul that through us Mr. President has broken the old order
where things are done without coordination.
What is hurting them is that we have put policies in place where
they can no longer cheat the government and cause untold hardship for millions
of our Nigerians” she said.
According to her, no amount of blackmail would stop her from
continuing to pursue the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan
in the oil and gas sector.
She reiterated that the few individuals angling for her sack were
doing so because she has refused to continue the ‘business as usual’ tradition
in the oil and gas sector of the economy.
She vowed  that never again will the government allow the
return of the age-long cartel in the country’s oil and gas sector, adding that
 despite the unjustified criticism and unfounded allegations against her,
her greatest joy is that majority of Nigerians in the sector appreciate the
good work her ministry and agencies under her are doing to reposition the oil
and gas sector.
According to her, operators and stakeholders in the oil and gas
sector that have the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians at heart need not be
afraid of her leadership style, except those that have skeleton in their
While commending the cordial relationship between her and top
officials of the Ministry including those of the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC), Petroleum Pricing and Marketing Company (PPMC), Directorate
of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and other parastatals of the Ministry, Mrs
Allison-Madukwe explained it was the harmonious relationship that has brought
about the high level successes by government in the sector.

She solicited the
corporation of Nigerians, oil companies and other investors at all times in
order to achieve Mr President’s objectives for the sector, and commended the
leadership of various union in the sector for standing by President Jonathan in
the ongoing reforms of the sector


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