No Interest in OML 11- Kachikwu
Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu has denied allegations that he has interest in OML 11.
In a statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Idang Alibi, and made available to Economic Confidential in Abuja, the Minister said his attention was drawn to a letter dated April 10, 2018 written to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari by the Ken Saro Wiwa Associates (KSWA) alleging his entrenched interest in relation to OML 11, adding that a copy of same letter was published as an open letter in the April 14, 2018 edition of ThisDay Newspaper.
The statement further said “Having reviewed the said publication, the Honourable Minister of State wishes to categorically state for the records as follows:
Chevron Nigeria Limited has controverted the allegation in its entirety in the April 20, 2018 edition of The Guardian Newspaper and reiterated that it does not have any equity in OML 11”.
It also said the Minister of State has not held any conversation with Chevron Nigeria Limited to discuss OML 11 nor made any recommendation to Chevron in respect of OML 11, nor indicated an interest in any company that might be collaborating with Chevron or any party to develop OML 11.
The statement noted that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources is resolutely committed and focused on delivering on the key aspirations of the #7BigWins of which Business Environment, Investment Drive, Niger Delta and Security remains key themes.