The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, says he has never received a call from President Muhammadu Buhari asking him to allocate oil blocs.
Mr Kachikwu said this on Tuesday while declaring open 17th edition of the annual “Nigeria Oil and Gas Strategic Conference and International Exhibition’’ in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said Mr Buhari not calling him to allocate oil blocs was in line with the federal government’s fight against corruption.
According to him, he has led the restructuring of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), a culture which the Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru carried out under the careful watch of the President.
He reiterated that Mr Buhari had also never interfered on how he carried out his duties or tried to influence him negatively in the allocation of contracts.
“One of the reasons why we have done so well is the fact that quite frankly, in my three years of serving as petroleum minister of state, I haven’t received a single call from the president urging me to do an allocation to somebody or give a bloc to somebody.
“I have not received such a call,’’ Mr Kachikwu said.