5 June, 2011
June 5, 2011 - A forum of Oil and Gas Contractors in the South-South geo-political zone, are pressing President Goodluck Jonathan, not to re-appoint the immediate past Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke into his “transformation” cabinet. They are also up against the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Austin Oniwon. They want the president to fire him.
A news report by AkanimoReports on Sunday, said the forum is alleging that both Allison-Madueke, and Oniwon, have what they described as “anti-Niger Delta tendencies”. Before President Jonathan sacked his cabinet the previous Monday, the regional contractor bloc and Allison-Madueke, have been at logger heads over the interest of the oil and gas region that has been a hot bed of low intensity war till the amnesty programme came to effect last December.
They accused the former minister of “anti-Niger Delta tendencies” and as such, are opposed to her being included in President Jonathan's next cabinet.