9 November 2012

Nigeria: Alison-Madueke - Agitators for My Removal Are Blackmailers

Abuja — The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Deziani Alison-Madueke, Thursday dismissed the clamour for her removal by President Goodluck Jonathan, describing those behind the clamour as blackmailers

Alison-Madueke said she would remain focused and committed to her job and embark on reforms in the oil and gas sector.

The minister stated that her schedule of duty was closely tied to the transformation agenda of the president in the oil and gas sector.

According to her, those clamouring for her removal were doing so because she has refused to continue the 'business as usual' tradition in the oil and gas sector.

She added that those alleging that she is corrupt and inefficient are those that have skeletons in their cupboards and have for long participated in the shadowy control of the oil and gas sector.

The minister expressed confidence that despite the wranglings by her detractors, her greatest joy is that "a vast majority of Nigerians are happy with Dr. Jonathan for the far reaching decisions his administration has taken to stabilise the sector."

For her, those fighting the government in the media "were 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."

She stated further that "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."

Speaking further, she added that operators and stakeholders in the oil and gas sector that have the interest of the country at heart need not be afraid of her leadership style, except those that have skeleton in their cupboards that are scared of change and reforms.

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 under her ministry, Alison-Madueke explained that it was the harmonious relationship that had brought about the high level successes by government in the sector.

She solicited the cooperation of Nigerians, oil companies and other investors at all times in order to achieve the President's objectives for the sector, commending the leadership of various unions in the sector for standing by President Jonathan in the ongoing reforms of the sector.

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