President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he would oversee the activities of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
Buhari reportedly made the utterance in an interview with a foreign journalist in his hotel on Tuesday, before leaving New York, where he had been a participant at the 70th United Nations General Assembly.
The President was quoted to have told his interviewer: “I will serve as the Minister of Petroleum Resources myself”.
It had been rumoured in several circles that Buhari may chose to head the petroleum minister, owing to his inability to get capable and trusted handlers for the ministry.
Buhari is particularly keen at revamping the petroleum sector, which has over the past few years, been a cesspool of corruption.
Billions have been reported missing from the coffers of state oil corporation- the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Former Minister of Petroleum, Allison Diezani-Madueke, has been accused of mismanagement and gross corruption while serving, but so far, no charges have been filed against her.
A longtime ally of Buhari- Professor Tam David-West, had been widely tipped as the candidate for the post in the present cabinet.