Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke
By Sunday Okobi
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Chairman of Hensmor Group of Companies, Mr. Henry Omorodion, has condemned the recent call for the sack or resignation of the Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
He noted that the minister’s approval of discretionary oil licences to three oil majors was not illegal and that she acted in accordance with the laid-down rules and regulations.
Omorodion queried: “Why the call for her sack or resignation even when the said report acknowledged her action.”
He, therefore, advised critics to be circumspect when criticising anybody and the minister in particular to avoid heating up the polity as well as discouraging educated and experienced persons from accepting position of authority in government in the future.
He frowned at what he called unconstructive criticisms and argued that the call for the sacking or resignation of the minister at this time, was retrogressive to the oil industry since she has served the nation well and deserved every one’s commendation.
He further said the oil industry under her watch had continued to encourage both indigenous and foreign participation.
Omorodion advised critics to ask questions bothering on government policies rather than the negative criticisms as that will send wrong signals to the investors or those willing to invest in the industry.
He said: “Foreign experience should be encouraged as negative criticisms towards our brothers and sisters who accepted to serve our nation will deter others from coming back to render service to the nation.”
The businessman urged Alison-Madueke to be more focused on the process of moving the oil sector forward.
Omorodion, who is the Odunanoba of Benin Kingdom, also called on the populace to play politics of truth and that as a Chief in Benin Kingdom, he will always continue to speak the truth. Furthemore, he enjoined President Jonathan Goodluck to beware of sycophants.
He further urged the President to investigate the leakage of the report of the Task Force on Oil Revenue.
He argued that since the report was at a draft stage, those involved in the leakage should be punished and censured to serve as deterrence to those in public office. The task force is headed by former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
He urged Ribadu to clear his name as a man of high integrity in view of the leakage of the report which is yet to be made public