EXCLUSIVE: How Alison-Madueke’s management style is killing Nigeria’s oil industry

Deziani Alison-Madueke is one of President Jonathan's favourite ministers.

Delays in taking vital decisions in the oil and gas industry are fuelling concerns about Nigeria’s prospect of meeting her targets of increased daily oil production capacity and enhanced national reserve by 2020.

Industry operators blame the Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, for an increasingly lethargic style that has slowed major decisions and processes – from board meetings to licence renewals – failings that now threaten the government’s projected expansion of production frontiers and more revenues.

One operator particularly accused Mrs. Alison-Madueke of “micro-managing the entire industry as her personal estate using her personal aides to carry out key policies, rather than designated officials.”

The Federal Government wants to raise daily oil production from the current average of 2.15 million barrels per day, BPD, to four million barrels, and reserves from about 35 billion barrels to 40 billion.

In July, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN], Godwin Emefiele, said at the end of the Monetary Policy Committee that oil industry performance improved marginally from -9.36 per cent in the 4th quarter of 2013 to -6.60 per cent in the first quarter of 2014.

Overall, the CBN Economic Report for April 2014 showed slow growth, with oil production increasing from 1.86 million barrels per day or 52.08 million barrels per month in February, to 1.90 million barrels per day, or 57 million barrels in April.

But, the marginal growth has failed to suppress mounting concerns among key operators about the consistent failure of the industry to meet its growth projections in virtually all areas of operation.

Sluggish management



Most industry operators, particularly major oil companies, who spoke with our reporter on condition of anonymity for fear of victimization, blamed the industry’s woes and its poor turnover on Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s style.

The operators criticized the minister’s management style, and one operator particularly blamed her for “micro-managing the entire industry as her personal estate using her personal aides to carry out key policies, rather than designated officials.”

At the NNPC, where she is the Chairman of its Board, a top official, who would not want his name mentioned to avoid being victimized, accused the Minister of sidelining the management in most important decisions, preferring to use her “powerful aides”.

According to the official, until recently, one Eric Ufo, one of the Minister’s many Personal Assistants/Special Advisers, was charged with the responsibility of interfacing with key industry players.

 After Mr. Ufo, the Minister appointed Kevin Alonzo as replacement, with wider powers.

“These assistants are so powerful that whenever they invoke the name of the Minister, industry players cower in fear,” a senior member of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, NAPE, told our reporter. “They have become the middlemen between the Minister and the industry on all issues, including crude oil lifting.”

Consequently, the muddling of the chain of command and the abuse of approval processes through the use of personal aides over key officials has left the industry replete with scores of delayed approvals awaiting the Minister’s attention.

“While the Minister wants to see every memo, she is always never there to see it,” said the NNPC official, who also lamented the inability of the Board of the Company to meet regularly.

The NNPC Act 1977 demands that the Board meets not less than four times each year. But that schedule is hardly met as meetings are often deferred.

How such delays extend to other policy timelines played out in the government’s plan to open up new oil production areas, called acreages.

The minister had in November 2013 announced plans by the Federal Government to hold the second marginal field licensing round to allocate existing marginal oil acreages to new operators.
 After several postponements, the exercise was rescheduled for March 2014.

While the minister announced that the DPR would publish bid guidelines, no such action has taken place till date.

“To date, prospective investors who looked forward to the bid round have been left in limbo,” a distraught official in one of the indigenous oil companies lamented. “Not even the marginal oil blocks to be included in the bid basket for sale have been identified. Nobody can say with certainty what to expect about the exercise,” the source said.

The pall of uncertainty appears to be pervading the operations of the six oil majors. Apart from ExxonMobil, which had its operational lease renewed in 2012 after a protracted disagreement, all the other multinational oil companies, including Shell, Chevron, Total, Agip and PanOcean, all operating Joint ventures with the NNPC, are doing so with expired leases.

Growing frustration



The Shell Country Chair and Managing Director, Shell Companies in Nigeria, SCiN, Mutiu Sunmonu, recently voiced his frustration with the Nigerian Government for the delay in renewing his company’s 20-year lease more than six years since the document expired. At the presentation of Shell’s 2013 Briefing Notes, Mr. Sunmonu lamented how the delay was making it impossible to finalise some of the company’s operational plans, particularly the divestment from some of its onshore concessions.

“The delay (in renewing the lease) is affecting divestment,” Mr. Sunmonu said. “You all know you cannot sell what you don’t have.”

A senior official with Chevron, who spoke with our reporter on Saturday in confidence, confirmed the American oil firm had been pressuring the Federal Government for the past two years to renew its expired oil lease.

The Oando Group, which entered into agreement with ConocoPhillips in December 2012, for the acquisition of Medal Oil Company Limited, had to wait for the Minister’s signature for more than one and a half years before the $1.65 billion deal was approved. The company announced the completion of the deal on July 17, 2014.

Some oil and gas projects have equally suffered, as their final investment decisions [FIDs] either had to be postponed indefinitely or cancelled after long delays from the Minister’s office.

Some projects affected were said to include the data repository system, petroleum products trucking policy and pipelines surveillance and monitoring system to check oil pipeline vandalism. The projects have either been delayed or abandoned.

Among the world’s leading oil producing countries, Nigeria ranks among those with the longest contract approval cycle of between three to five years. There is also the delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, more than five years since the process began, costing the industry more than $125 billion loss since 2009, reliable sources in the Department of Petroleum Resources told this newspaper.

Marginal growth

Detailed industry activities data obtained from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, showed a trend towards near stagnation or slow progress that would make realizing set targets difficult or impossible.

Since 2012, total rig count, number of exploratory oil wells and those actually drilled by the six multi-national joint venture operators depicted a general decline in production activities.

Total rig count, which usually shows the intensity of industry activities, grew slightly from 17 in 2012 to only 21 in 2013; while total oil rigs in operation grew to 33 in 2013, slightly higher than 29 in 2012.

Similarly, while exploratory wells declined from 10 in 2012 to only 7 in 2013, the number of development wells recorded a marginal increase from 63 in 2012 to 64 in 2013, while oil wells actually drilled (138) in 2012 dropped to 102 in 2013.

A company-by-company statistics showed that Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of Nigeria’s total oil production capacity, deployed only 20 development wells, with eight rig counts, and actually drilled only 35 wells in 2013.

ExxonMobil, which had the highest number of development wells deployed (24), had only four rig counts and drilled 30 oil wells. Chevron, which had only one rig count during the year, deployed as many development wells but actually drilled two, while Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, which actually drilled 18 oil wells during the year, deployed only eight development wells with only five rig counts.

Total, with only one rig count, deployed only 10 development wells, and actually drilled 13, while Pan Ocean Oil, which did not deploy any development well, had two rig counts, and actually drilled four.

But experts say Nigeria will need to do more to increase production, and achieve its set goals by 2020.

For a start, the 1,300 exploration wells the oil industry has so far drilled must be surpassed, the Director, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, George Osahon, said during the 2014 Nigeria Oil and Gas, NOG conference in February.

The NNPC has put the level of new oil production required by the industry to meet the 2020 targets at an average of about 300,000 and 350,000 barrels per day.

Mum is the word

Efforts to get Mrs. Alison-Madueke to respond to the issues raised by the industry operators were unsuccessful. Several telephone calls to her known local and international telephone numbers were neither answered nor returned.

When our reporter got in touch with one of the minister’s powerful aides, Mr. Alonso, he asked for a few days to enable him to fix interview appointment with the minister.

On Friday, July 25, the reporter contacted Mr. Alonzo again. This time he said he was busy at a meeting. He did not answer or return our reporter’s calls for days afterwards.

On Wednesday, July 30, the reporter called Mr. Alonzo again. He did not answer the calls but he responded with a text message: “I haven’t seen the minister, as she has been out of town. I’m out of the office, at a meeting.”

A similar call on Thursday morning only received a response from another aide who said Mr. Alonzo said that he would get in touch with the reporter once he was through with his meeting. He is yet to do so as at the time of publishing this report.

The reporter also got in touch with the General Manager, Group Public Affairs Department of the NNPC, Ohi Alegbe, to assist in passing our questions to the Minister and getting her to respond. Mr. Alegbe later said on Thursday that he was unable to reach Mrs. Alison-Madueke as she had traveled outside the country.

PREMIUM TIMES had also written directly to the minister seeking an interview to enable her to clarify some important issues. The letter was never acknowledged.

A reminder sent more than two months ago was equally ignored.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been updated to correct the impression created by an earlier version that a Kelvin Okyere was among the oil minister’s powerful aides. We have since become aware that Mr. Okyere was never given any such appointment. We apologise for the mix-up.


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  • Spoken word

    That is Nigeria for you. Our main income earner is not treated seriously.

    • Garden-City Boy

      In that case, lets bring back Riluwanu Lukumanu.

      • Spoken word

        tired of mediocre nigerians like you, always going back, never looking forward positively. enemies of progess, as far as you are concerned nigeria is a bed of roses. sorry to tell you we are in a pitiful state and we surely can do better as a country.

        • Garden-City Boy

          You missed the sarcasm……sorry!

          • Spoken word

            Yeah right.

  • Dorcas

    It is our oil.. we can manage it our own way… outsiders(non-niger deltans) should shut up.

    • Wähala

      It is, “Naija Delta” not ‘Niger Delta’ because the öyel belongs to all of us!

      • JohnBosco

        Oil belongs to who?, “…all of us”? May advanced Ebola locate you now and forevermore.

        • Wähala

          Every single Nigerian!

          • redeem

            U HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER–WHY WOULD U WANT TO SHARE–THE OKRIKA WAKE UP THAT U SELL IN SABO GARI

        • Dorcas

          Mr Militant… every resource located within the boundary called Nigeria belongs to all… until we disintegrate, so shall it remain. The next minister of petroleum will be a mallam from Borno, or maybe Mallam Shekau. Meanwhile, the first Nigerian to be killed by ebola is a yanmiri man… sure… you will be the next victim.

          • redeem

            WHO TOLD U THAT–THEN WHY DID THE SOUTH WEST NOT SHARE HER COCOA REVENUE WITH THE REST OF NIGERIA————-UNDER AWO————–WE EAT FISH————NOT NAMA——–SO EBOLA WOULD NOT HAVE ITAS ROOTS WITH US IN THE SS————EBOLA AND HIV ATI AIDS–ARE OYIBO PEOPLES WAY OF REDUCING WORLD POPULATION-

          • Shehu

            YOU ALREADY HAVE EBOLA ( EBELE ) IN YOUR MIDST. AND IT ( HE ) WILL KILL ALL OF YOU.

      • Garden-City Boy

        Who are “ALL OF US”?

        • Wähala

          Every Nigerian!

          • Garden-City Boy

            You still ducked the question.Who are these your “every nigerian”?

  • redeem

    Its sad that the rogues who have been stealing the resources of the south south for the past 60 years still have the courage to talk and plant these types of articles-in media outlets–simply because Niger Deltans have decided to give peace a chance-All they want is for the spirit of Rilwanu Lukmanu-be brought back to handle lucrative oil contracts–As if the Present Minister has been able to raise a single Ijaw man to the level of Emeka Offor or Dangote-in the award of contracts-to them-Ijaws are not involved in the oil subsidy contracts–deals——–Those who enjoy major contracts in the oil industry are members of the tripod-When we call for a change-of heart -they shout ONE NIGERIA–Oil revenue is now their commonwealth——then pay people to write all these pepper soup articles—————————we cannot continue to be looked upon as slaves-hewers of wood and drawers of water for the tripod-its our oil revenue that is being used to fight the boko haram war d janjaweeds imposed on us–from the west african sub-region-but when we demand for 100 percent derivation–we are insulted and asked to give account of the 13 percent derivation-that started some few years ago-
    60 years after the discovery of oil in the SS-its now that roads are being built or dualized-in d SS—what a shame–
    Once we request for resource control the Alams Ex governor of bayelsa state and Ibori–ati Tompolos and Asare dokubos–are lined up as examples of waste-The ecological troubles in the zone is none of their business–The people of Odi took the FGN to court-over d bombs obj exploded-on them–some few billions of Naira compensation was awarded to them-Only for Ex CBN governor the Emir of Kano-as it is usual with the fulanis-to appeal against the verdict———–Yet he was able to give Buhari 100m to contest elections against Gej-and a 65b contract-to him and El Rufai——–both fulanis———–None of the oil thieving emirs, sultans, obas, obis ati Dangotes-who own the oil blocks are ever asked to give account of the oil revenue the nation state of nigeria has been stealing from the SS zone-for decades–When we request for resource control–the tripod are organized to spit on our faces-while the rest of Nigeria laughs at d shapeless resource control hats of our elites-struggling to survive in 9ja———animals-

    • Wähala

      Dear Deri Orbuka, aka redeem: Barnabas! The thief who refused to repent in front of God on the Cross…

      Trust you to warp a comment longer than the story itself. Can’t blame you today, The Tripod don come againi ooh… dis one na “inside 18″…Red Zone dem enter: Our öyel. Wallahi, today I dey your side with my bottle of odeku, since I suspect you don gulp Akpethesi into extra-time. You sound winded & senseless as usual. As well, in your natural distortion of facts (that earned you a classification of persona-non-grata in Punch, SR & many other news outlets), you have consciously twisted that people of Odi are in court with your crooked uncle for refusing to honor the court ruling that granted them a N27bn settlement by appeal via AGF Adoke, who is no Fulani. In Bayelsa, the oil thiefing Naija Delta militants, regardless the billions we’re coughing out to thugs, have continued to steal 300,000/bpd of crude from us. You, the ND, are our mega problem in Nigeria today, not the Tripod. You have a Ministry that gulps N211bn in annual budget; Amnesty Program that swallows N53bn/yr (more than Defense!); 13% derivative for stealing our oyel deposits in your enclaves. The Presidency, Army Chief, MEND terrorists, Petro Ministry, Ports Authority, Pipeline protection scam, etc… And, don’t forget our $20 Billoja. Haba!!

      • redeem

        can u tell us how much revenue has accrued to the nation state of Nigeria- since oil was discovered by the Brits in 1957——it was not Adoke who appealed against the judgement it was Sanusi–the APC installed thieving emir of Kano——-The trouble with the people of the niger delta is that they do not know their rights–the oil found AROUND their zone belongs to them–going by the UN pronoucement on the indigeneous population-out of the trillions that have come out of the Niger Delta-only 211b for them?———–do u know how much oil revenue went into providing the essentials of life for u? Is that why u are scared stiff of resources control———-parasites like u who never took up arms to fight for the creation of NNDC have yr people on the board—-TODAY——u hang around yr fulani masters until the food is readY–then sneak in to say u are also from an oil producing zone-of ABRIBA——-I was aware Punch and Sharia Reporters–and very soon PT—-would block me–its laughable that u who have been posting Customs auction sale of tokubo cars is allowed to continue with yr 419 rubbish——apart from insulting the president and his wife -while those of us who challenge the janjaweeds in APC–are being blacklisted by the APC ati boko haram controlled media————————cause they see me as a thorn in their janjaweed APC cloned flesh–yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee——————soon it will be the turn of Post ati telecoms————–PT–sha–ride on madam for your inlaws na God give–u—CHEERS

        • Wähala

          Pele ooh!
          Didn’t know the CBN Gov. also doubles as the AGF…so, na Sanusi ba?
          That clown parading in masquerade attire as Emir of Kano… So, na Sanusi chop our owo ??
          Oloshi. your sister is my in-law alright, but her antics will soon earn her “osu status” which is akin to your person-non-grata to Ndigbo. Better warn her to zip-up and act up to expectations. You hear ???

          • redeem

            i TOLD U THAT IT WAS SANUSI WHO APPEALED AGAINST THE JUDGEMENT———————–HE REFUSED TO RELEASE THE MONEY—INSTEAD WENT TO COURT—————————YES MY SISTER IS THERE FOR HER INLAWS IN THE SOUTH EAST—– AND NOT IJAWS———————–SHE IS JUST A STATUS SYMBOL–LIKE EVERY OTHER IJAW MAN WHO FIND HIMSELF OR HERSELF IN POWER– AS FOR AS THE IJAW NATION IS CONCERNED—U CAN BURN HER TO ASHES——–SO HER FINAL DEPARTURE WILL NOT DO THE IJAW NATION ANY GOOD—WE ARE NOT GOING TO MISS HER——ONE LITTLE BIT———-CHEERS

    • Shehu

      LIAR! IT’S A FAIRY TALE.

  • Wähala

    @PT,
    You forgot her countenance at FEC meetings. It is said she’s confrontational even to the President, to the extent of war of words if she doesn’t get her way. That she leaves her bag on her seat and pretends to use the klo only to disappear and not return for the rest of the meeting… only for her Aides to later fetch her bag. Albeit her style cum corruption, she knows her spices in the industry… and she’s accessible outside the country. I’ve met and found her rather receptive, patient and penetratingly attentive on investment opportunity issues in our oil sector. Those bug eyes didn’t miss anything tangible. I call her our “Golden Goose”…so, biko, better to grab the tail of an ox than to grab-n-miss the torso. Afterall, they’re stealing 300,000/bpd (of crude) from our Bayelsa Loading Terminal, that’s too much ‘egoigwe’ down the drain than waiting for Diezani to finish her cup of tea and come punch-in her time card at the NNPC. She can’t marry everybody, some will be disgruntled. And, to be quite fair, it is not much better at other Ministries… if you doubt, try pushing files thru any office in Nigeria today. Corruption is like MTN: Everywhere you go… and look!

    • redeem

      Do u know the number of oil blocks that late rilwanu lukman acquired for himself-b4 his death-_”-Tell us about the progress Obj made as oil minister for 6 yrs–with the refineries—-was david west also leaving his bag————at FEC meetings b4 u sent him to prison-?-if bayelsans like let them steal the entire crude oil—its their own.-oil was discovered in 1957-what has come out of the oil wells owned by the fulanis in the north–some of the oil blocks are richer than the oil wells in ghana and Sudan-put together–those involved in
      oil bunkering are retired generals–the bayelsans are just errand boys–paid by the atikus to siphone crude oil for them–give the people 100 percent resorce control-and atiku will stop stealing crude oil-period—-for now the minister is working for the tripod and not ijaws–name one of them she assisted–to become even a thousand-naire

      • trippi

        Mai Deribe comes to mind..

        • redeem

          THE people of Odi in Bayelsa State have asked the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to summon the suspended Governor of the Central BANKof Nigeria, Mallam Lamido Sanusi; and other officers of the CBN over their refusal to pay the people N36.7bn compensation as ordered by the court.

          Counsel for the Odi community, Mr. Lucious Nwosu, SAN, said Sanusi and others from the CBN were expected to appear in court over their refusal to release the sum as compensation to the people of the area.

          The court had directed that the sum of N36.7 bn be paid to the Odi community for the invasion of the area by SOLDIERS on November 20, 1999.

          Nwosu, who spoke with our correspondent in a telephone interview on Monday, said the court would need to invite Sanusi to come and explain why he could not obey the court order.

          He said, “Court has to invite Lamido Sanusi to come and say why he cannot obey court order in relation to the genocide in Odi community in 1999. They are only custodians of MONEY that belongs to the judgement debtor.

          “The court has ably ordered that Odi people should be paid and in fact, directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to release the MONEY as the compensation awarded to the people.

          “Quite unfortunately, CBN, rather than pay the MONEY that is in their custody, have resorted to hiring lawyers and spending tax payers’ money.”

    • Ide4u

      The body language between these two above speaks volume. Diezani Alison-Madueke could even look at GEJ in the eye.

  • Ovie Vexper Agofure

    “They have almost succeeded in subjugating the Middle Belt and making them voiceless and now extending same to the south. …Anything that has a beginning must have an end…the time of reckoning has come.”

    “… even though they contribute very little economically to the well-being of Nigeria, they have over the years served and presided over the supposedly national wealth derived in the main from the Middle Belt and the southern part of this country, while the people from these parts of the country have been completely deprived from benefiting from the resources given to them by God.”

    “In the light of all the above and in …the overall progress of the Nigerian state a temporary decision to excise the following states namely, Sokoto, Borno, Katsina, Kano and Bauchi states from the Federal Republic of Nigeria comes into effect immediately…”

    MAJOR GIDEON ORKAH
    April 22,1990.
    Lagos,Nigeria.

    • Wähala

      Abegi, go-siddon!
      How did Jasper Adaka Boro, Ken Saro-Wiwa and Ojukwu fair in their bids to divide Nigeria using the barrel of a gun? Gideon Orkah failed as well because they all had one thing in common: They preached hate! The North did not fair better even though they ruled longer than the South and that’s purely and squarely because of corruption. And it has gotten far worse under a Southern leader today. You make zero sense and probably drunk to think the few yams the Middle Belt cultivates per year is what’s fed 180 million folks over the years. God is with us, only a negotiated settlement will suffice and the North will decide that when they’re ready as usual… they decided your Independence Day afterall, and have today effectively torpedoed the on-going Confab while their noisy Southern neighbors write sh*t! @Akpos1 aka, Oleku, aka, Otile, aka, Ogbuefi…blah, blah, blah: You can never fool Höly Wähala, kapisch?

      • Opeoluwa A. O

        In what way does the North contribute to Nigeria? Resources or manpower? I have been searching and researching this topic but I am yet to find any positive answers. What kind on one sided country are we even in? The North and South are just opposite in everything. Too opposite. What is the basis for one Nigeria?

        • Wähala

          Biko, where have you been researching Human Resources of Nigeria? Every other thing you’ve said is arrant nonsense!

          • redeem

            DONT MIND FULANI ATI IBO WAHALA–THE NORTH HAVE NEVER CONTRIBUTED ANYTHING TOWARDS THE TRANFORMATION OF NIGERIA SINCE 1914–APART FROM BLOOD- TEARS AND SORROW–COULD NOT EVEN PAY SALARIES OF CIVIL SERVANTS–IT WAS MONEY FROM COCOA THAT WAS USED TO AID THEM-PARASITES

          • Shehu

            ANOTHER FAIRY TALE.

    • Shehu

      HAHAHA! WHERE IS GIDEON ORKAR?

      • Wähala

        No mind’am. My reply to him was deleted by PT otherwise, e for read Gospel…
        Indeed, not only Gideon Orkah. Ojukwu, Jasper Boro and Kendo Saro-Wiwa nko?
        Thugs who wanted to divide what they did not create… where are they today? Clowns! Hahahaa chai !!!

        • redeem

          ANY WONDER WHY SOME SAY U ARE NOT A IBO MAN-SO BIAFRA WAS NOT DESIGNED TO SPLIT NIGERIA ABI

    • jon b

      This speech get plenty plenty grammatical error sef… So na im them for take divide a whole nija???

  • Ngozi

    Why are you bothered about the “threat to revenue flow?” Why not bother about how to make the rest of Nigeria productive? Why wait idly for the wealth of a blessed region and wanting to suck it dry? Why not dissipate your energies on harnessing your potentials, if any? Why not concentrate your efforts on digging the soil beneath in all other parts of Nigeria? Dig far deep, and repent of your evil ways like dealing on human parts and suicide bombings..and I assure you, some economically viable mineral deposits will appear and replace the poisonous Lead currently found across much of Zamfara and the North.

    The emphasis on the wealth and resources of one ot two regions is stupidity at its height. It is unscientific. Unsustainable.

    • HYPREP

      Ebuje….

    • redeem

      which Nigeria are u talking about–the awooof loving country that has no regard for the zones that has been feeding them for the past 60yrs–was oil discovered in 2011 in Nigeria-what did our past nigerians leaders do with oil revenue–from the S-S————IS IT NOT NOW THAT WE HAVE ROADS BEING BUILT FOR THEM–I BEGI

      • Tonnero

        Redeem, I have told you already, the SS oil producing region contains the laziest set of people in Nigeria. They are the least productive and enjoy feeding fat from the sweat of others. Let us be clear: these resources have been underground for millions of years where organic sediments in a basin are cooked by temperature and pressure over centuries. We natives never had a clue the resources were there until Oyinbo people used their technology to find it and employ mostly Yorubas and Igbos and, yes, some bright SS people to risk their lives, work 24/7 to produce it. You in the Delta then stretch out your hands for some of the proceeds to be given to you because you happen to live where it is found. And everyday, you ask for more and more BUT YOU DO NOT DO ANY WORK AT ALL IN ANY PART OF THE CHAIN THAT FINDS AND PRODUCES OIL AND GAS. You then proceed to squander anything you get on booze, women and the acquisition of luxury items while your citizens continue to live in the worst conditions in Southern Nigeria. And you have the temerity to call Awusa, in your own words, lazy because high oil prices make your handout seem like a lot of money. Do you know what it takes to get groundnuts from dry, almost arid land? When you have to get up at the crack of dawn and do back-breaking work for weeks and months only to see pests wipe out your crop? Or actually have a good harvest only for middlemen to give you peanuts for your produce? Or what it takes to raise cattle and trek from North to South seeking grazing lands and surviving on the barest of food? The fact of the matter is that the “richness” of the Delta is not correlated with how hard you work nor is the poverty in the north correlated with how “lazy” they are.

    • Jimoh

      I agree with you! you failed to mention drug trafficking,human trafficking,fake drug manufacturing,armed robbery,kidnapping,you mention the rest please.

  • The Man

    Does this woman has any other known management style apart from stealing? Just wondering!

    • redeem

      what was the management style of late rilwanu ati jubril aminu and Obj like-?—-obj spent 6 years as oil minister–show us his achievements biko-were the refineries operational when he left in spite of the 100m dollar contract he awarded to emeka offor–for TAM

  • Garden-City Boy

    Where is this revenue supposed to flow from……where does it low to…….to awusa? You got to be kidding.
    Premium Times journalism is now in the gutters. This an open and shameless declaration that it is indeed the robotic mouthpiece of APC JANJAWEED cult.

  • John

    Yea, This Lady will; continue to ruin the industry. She is just bad news, get in her tracks she fires you. Directors are afraid of her. Jonathan will not change her because they are in league and SHE KNOWS WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED, so to speak.

    She is ruining NNPC, NPDC the cash cow of NNPC has not had a substantve MD for the last 5 months, Maybe she is looking for someone to do her bidding, because if you dont, you are a gonner.

    She is stalling SPDC divestment and I am sure planning to offload even more assets on NPDC which is already reeling under the burden of operatorship from the previous divestments. Apparently the former Real estate manager at Shell has risen above her capabilities. She does what she likes and Mr Presido seems to be unable to fire her. He did say it takes alot of courage to fire a lady minister. She is stronger than Mr Presido oh!.

    I weep for this nation abd she is not alone. Our legislators hold on to a critical legislation, the PIB, and we all look and stare. they want egunje fro Madam minister for their re-election, I guess she is not ready to play ball.

    What a nation!!

    • ifebuche

      You last paragraph shows that you not only believed everything this writer wrote but still more, that you do no tknow when you are insulted. PIB is a brain child of mostly this woman you are talking about and the National assembly has been sitting on it even after being severely watered down.

      • Onike24

        Which woman? Ask any industry analyst and they will tell you which version of the PIB are you talking about? Everything is so Shambolic!

      • jon b

        My brother this woman has done what will retrogress the lives of over a million people in her time in office. You need to see the reckless spending, even the Yakubu, I assure you he is crying seriously now… he got the job because he helped her clean up so much mess and erased so many of the extravagant bill she had accrued. I pray he doesn’t kpai sef because now that she has used him and he knows too much…. ha!ha! Think its conspiracy?? okay wait and see when he start talking if he can.

      • Tonnero

        why do you people enjoy lying so much? PIB brainchild of who? It is not even 10 years since PIB wS started and you are here already telling barefaced lies when our memories are still fresh. PIB is an outcome of the Oil and. Gas Reforms completed in 2004. The OGIC reforms as it was called was then codified into law in a version zero of the PIB in 2008. In fact, Yar’Adua gave the reason for appointing Lukman as Minister as the passage of the PIB! This is all publicly available information but you are probably too lazy to do your research. By 2010 when Diezani came in, all stakeholders were happy with the bill after several engagements led by Lukman and Dr. Egbogah. In fact, Dr. Egbogah led the intial discussions on the 10% for communities. Diezani did nothing to push the bill through until after the elections of 2011. After 2011, she appointed a team to review clause of the bill. When they did, she turned it down because they watered down her powers as Minister. This almost led to the sack of then director of DPR who led that team. She set up another team to rewrite the bill and reconcentrated powers with the minister in complete violation of the thrust of the original reforms which sought to free the industry from the influence of politicians. We now know why she did that since if the old bill had passed, she would have no influence on block awards, awards of marginal fields, allocation of products, control of NNPC and all those things that give her the ability to steal N1.3 trillion in subsidy funds and miss allocate $20b in unremitted crude oil proceeds. Needless to say, the NASSwas not interested in passing the bill as written. You should be worried about passing that bill as is, since if another minister takes it over (especially a Hausa-Fulani one who you guys are so afraid of), what you saw in the past will be child’s play.

    • redeem

      ATTENTION OF WAHALA FULANI——NEE ABRIBA—————————–THE people of Odi in Bayelsa State have asked the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to summon the suspended Governor of the Central BANKof Nigeria, Mallam Lamido Sanusi; and other officers of the CBN over their refusal to pay the people N36.7bn compensation as ordered by the court.

      Counsel for the Odi community, Mr. Lucious Nwosu, SAN, said Sanusi and others from the CBN were expected to appear in court over their refusal to release the sum as compensation to the people of the area.

      The court had directed that the sum of N36.7 bn be paid to the Odi community for the invasion of the area by SOLDIERS on November 20, 1999.

      Nwosu, who spoke with our correspondent in a telephone interview on Monday, said the court would need to invite Sanusi to come and explain why he could not obey the court order.

      He said, “Court has to invite Lamido Sanusi to come and say why he cannot obey court order in relation to the genocide in Odi community in 1999. They are only custodians of MONEY that belongs to the judgement debtor.

      “The court has ably ordered that Odi people should be paid and in fact, directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to release the MONEY as the compensation awarded to the people.

      “Quite unfortunately, CBN, rather than pay the MONEY that is in their custody, have resorted to hiring lawyers and spending tax payers’ money.”

      • Shehu

        Hahaha!!! you are really deranged.

  • Adam

    There is nothing we can do, can’t you see how Mr President is looking at her while on her part she is kind of pretending to be an obedient and hard working servant delivering the goods?

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Madueke is operating a nation within a nation; she is the president of this ‘new nation’, while Jonathan looks up to her as a sovereign. That’s the setup. So Nigerians should stop complaining about her.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    President Ebele Jonathan careless if Diezani Madueke is corrupt-ridden or not.Even though Madueke mis-appropriated N10 billion naira public funds which she used to pay for the rental of a private jet for the last two years.Swiss-Trafugura & Vitol oil traders with the connivance of Madueke looted S8.7 billion dollars oil revenue from Nigeria.
    Fuel-subsidy scam and 2011 Madueke purchased of a mansion in downtown,Vienna,Austria are all Madueke looting,thieving and embezzlement of Nigerian public commonwealth antecedents.Still Ebele Jonathan keeps Madueke in the oil sector because,they are both benefactors of the gains of NNPC scam,looting and embezzlement of public commonwealth.

    • redeem

      The bastardizing of Nigeria by the mindless, who hate the South South like hell. Yet would never want them to go their separate ways-secede. Monumental injustice to the people of the South south: 20 Owners Of Richest Oil Blocks In Nigeria Without the people of Niger Delta on whose soil the oil was found. All between Hausa and few Yoruba rogues at large.

      (1) This oil block business is so lucrative that Danjuma’s Sapetro divested of its investment in Akpo condensate for $1billion dollars. This business is second to none in Nigeria. That is why any attempt to investigate the activities in this sector will always be futile and they will alaways worked towards the sack of the oil Minister- The MONEY from the South south-is so much that they give bribes in millions of dollars to remove any who acts as a thirn in their flesh. A birthday gift or child naming gift from an oil block owner to a government official could be as much as $2million dollars, and if the official’s father dies, the condolence gift could reach $3 million dollars. When they want to bribe legislators, it is in millions of dollars and any ongoing investigation ends within weeks. They are so confident that with excess money they can buy up Nigeria and they are succeeding-even with boko haram and APC hangers-on

      (2) OML 110 with HIGH YIELD OBE oil fields was given to Cavendish Petroleum owned by Alhaji Mai Deribe, the Borno Patriarch in 1996 by Sanni Abacha. OBE oil field has estimated over 500 million barrels of oil. In layman’s language and using average benchmark of $100 dollars per barrel, translates to $50 billion dollars worth of oil reserve. When you remove the taxes, royalties and sundry duties worth about 60% of the reserve payable over time, you get about $20billion dollars worth of oil in the hands of a family.

      • jon b

        But the truth remains.. where is he today? with all the houses in London did he conquer death? they want to have so much of common wealth to themselves. We hope a true government that will look into this disparity will ever emerge in our lifetime because they have started training their kids on the tricks of the game.

        • Tonnero

          Animals like redeem do not understand what you are saying. They are constantly justifying evil today because evil was done yesterday. The western countries where they are dying to get visas to focus on developing the whole society rather than have a few thieves steal everything. We will see whether people like redeem will also justify tomorrow’s evil with today’s evil when GEJ leaves for, whether they like it or not, GEJ will leave sooner or later.

  • trippi

    Bad belle go kill una.. if for say her name Amina gworo abdulahi nothing everything for dey excellent but since its not the case we can’t stop hearing of Deziani this Deziani that.. abeg make una go sit down jare..

    • jon b

      tiripi…. Are you sane? how can we move forward as a nation if democracy can not include challenging such inept atitude. Ha , Im sure your not getting any part of the loot just busy fooling around.

  • UZOMAGOZIE

    Trippi thanks you perfectly understand the situation we tend to forget who owns premium times its all politics we have better things to do than listening to the all these torn coats

  • skelele

    bottom power politics

  • Bea

    o ga o!