INCREDIBLE! Mr President and I are fighting corruption in the oil sector – Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke

Published:9 Nov, 2012

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, on Thursday said she would continue to pursue the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan in the oil and gas sector despite threats and blackmail from her detractors.

She told journalists in an interview, in Abuja 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 dismissed those labelling her as corrupt and inefficient as people simply afraid of Mr. Jonathan’s reform agenda in the sector; stressing that never again will the government allow the return of the age-long cartel in the country’s oil and gas sector. The minister maintained that despite the unjustified criticism and unfounded allegations against her, her greatest joy is that “a vast majority of Nigerians are happy with Mr. Jonathan for the far reaching decisions his administration has taken to stabilise the sector”.

Mrs Alison-Madueke said 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”.

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 warddrope 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 of the Ministry, Mrs Alison-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.

  • olumide

    What baffles me most is where ds woman called Allison got her info from?Nigerians are happy with GEJ! Or Success in Petroleum industry! Posterity will not forgive u Diezani. When GEJ came to power what was the pump price?

  • Tony

    We don’t expect you to speak ill of your employer (GEJ). Is it only me? Or I can’t see any achievement of that ministry. From the handling of fuel subsidy probe to the worsening of hardship imposed on Nigerians, the refineries still aren’t 100% functional.

  • Bashir DANmusa Jr

    Its a pity dat guys like my dear uncle DOYIN & aunty ALISON ar yet 2 understand d wind of change sweepin d nation. But dnt wory will surprise them!!!

  • Rosemarie

    Its a pity, a very big one! I wonder who the people that are happy with GEJ are or where they reside, if they are resident in this same country with us. If they have really changed the way governance is, then why haven’t we seen the evidence in the people prosecuted (real prosecution, not the stories being fed us), and why is there no recovery being done? a committee gets set up and we hear the findings or part of it and nothing else. DAM pls spare us this grammar, it does no good to us.

  • Olatunde Ayodeji

    its highly unbelievable to hear Allison believing Nigerians are happy with the current myopic and clueless Mr President ever in our History. I want to bliv Madam Allison is surrounded by sycophants, she shld check the situation update about Nig govt popularity. She and the entire FEC with National Assembly are getting it wrong and out of touch. The entire cabinet failed before they even emerged.

  • siraaj

    Dis men nd women in the mantle of leadership thinks they know how 2 play chess very well by diverting our attention 4rm the rot in the oil sector thru otedola/faruk scam nd ribadu/orunsanya faceoff. I wil say they are jokers for we know it is just an arrangement. ??I dey laugh

  • paul

    Guilty conscience is at work here. Everybody in the petroleum ministry knows dat she is corrupt and she is just tryin to defend herself and dat of her boss. I wonder wat kind of jazz she is usin on d president dat make her to be untouchable.

  • Shittu A. Saheed

    May be DAM is from the moon cos am sure if she leaves among us in Naija,she will know dat it is exactly d opposite of wot she is said.

  • Lawal Sulaiman Kayode

    Dis woman exhaust her best. It’s just dat ur reforms bring nothing but hardship 2 masses. Petrol now sells at 130, if only it’s available. God dey!

  • Olaoluwa

    Early this year, Jonathan promised to transform Naija thru the 32naira fuel increase, today the pump price is 120 a further 23naira increase. As Diezani fights the cabal, the noose on the neck of Naijans get thighter. Pls let us beg her not to fight again! Foolish woman.

  • Yabo

    Story-Story… Story!!!

  • Zuru,Ahman Sheikh

    Allison, who are ur detractors? D whole of 9ja no one has symphaty 4 u except ur immidiate family and probably cohorts. The story u’re yarning to 9jans is a bullshit and it does not have any substance. Nigerians cannot be deceived particulally from a female luter. U and d presido have rotten skeleton in ur wardrobes, so u better start apologising to 9jans 4 ur dubious acts.

  • http://Website Akinmuyiwa adeshina

    I weep for this country. imagine Deziani trying to fight corruption. never has there been a minister credited with so much corruption and mischief like deziani allison madeke. Minister for Kerosene! This woman is supposed to be tied to the stake and executed for theft. Sack deziani, and you will see total cleansing of the petroleum industry.

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