The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said the dinner with members of the Senate and House of Representatives earlier scheduled to hold Tuesday, October 31, was part of its routine stakeholders engagement
In a twitter handle of the corporation on Tuesday, it said the engagement began since April.
It denied reports that the corporation was trying to influence members of the National Assembly and subvert the planned probe of its activities and its Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, by the Senate.
“The attention of the NNPC Group has been drawn to online publication claiming it has organised a ‘special dinner’ for National Assembly members, following plans to investigate Dr. Maikanti Baru over Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe kachikwu’s memo.
“NNPC Group wishes to state that the dinner was part of the Corporation’s routine stakeholders’ engagement, which began since April this year.
“The dinner was to hold In April this year, NNPC Group had organised similar stakeholder dinner for publishers, editors and correspondents based in Abuja.” It said
The Corporation further on its twitter handle stated that the dinner for members of the National Assembly was earlier scheduled for April, but it was postponed because the lawmakers were on recess.
It noted that the dinner was later rescheduled for May, but was postponed again when Baru lost a relation.
The dinner was to hold in July this year; again, due to unavailability of the lawmakers as a result of Sallah break, it was called off.
“It is important to note that all the National Assembly core committees relevant to oil and gas industry had agreed to October 31 for the dinner.
“Unfortunately, the lawmakers were slated to have an engagement with the Presidency today. Thus, the dinner has been called off today.
“Having been slated since April and postponed due to certain circumstances, the dinner could not have coincided with the National Assembly’s investigation of the Group Managing Director,” it said
It will be recalled that the Senate had, earlier in October, agreed to initiate a probe into the accusation of insubordination and abuse of due process, among other issues, as raised by Kachikwu against Baru.