By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has been urged to be careful with international oil companies as lobbying to ensure that one of their loyalists was appointed Minister of Petroleum.
In a statement signed by the Executive Director, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, a human rights group, Reverend David Ugolor, the group said the acting president should allowÂ competence and credibility guideÂ his choiceÂ and not allow anybody or institutionsÂ to blackmail him to take decisions that will signal to NigeriansÂ that he was submitting to the dictates of the IOCs whose activities aroundÂ the Petroleum Industry Bill have not been very encouraging.
â€œYou will recall that when the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, NEITI, releasedÂ itsÂ 1999, 2004 and 2005 auditÂ report,Â it was very clear that the Petroleum Ministry required urgent reform and transformation in the Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC,â€ it stated.
ANEEJ said the â€œstrategic role of the MinistryÂ in the economyÂ madeÂ it more even important for Acting President Jonathan toÂ considerÂ the choiceÂ of any of the nominees with petroleum and NNPC background.