Regarding the claims made by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, during the 17th anniversary celebrations of the Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA) held at the church headquarters in Abuja two years ago.

 

The Minister had claimed that “He bagged First Class degree in Law from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Nigerian Law School and was best gradual and multiple awards winner from both Institution.

 

However, to verify the claims, PREMIUM TIMES reports authoritatively today that Mr Kachikwu was economical with the truth as far as his certificate from UNN is concerned.

 

Below are the Dissecting Kachikwu’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)

 

According to a copy of his CV seen by PREMIUM TIMES, the minister said he enrolled into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1974.

 

He later received a bachelor of law after a four-year sojourn.

 

A copy of the his result signed by the university’s vice-chancellor and registrar at the time, showed that Mr. Kachikwu left UNN in June 1978 with a second class upper degree.

 

FACT-CHECK: Not a first timer?

 

This is not the first time a fact-check by this newspaper will bring this minister to light for double speaking.

 

Mr Kachikwu, 61, made an incorrect claim when he alleged that the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, inappropriately awarded contract for the N885 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Gas pipeline project, our December 23, 2017 investigation indicated.

 

Also untrue, our findings showed then, is Mr Kachikwu’s claim that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the contract after Mr Baru initiated an inappropriate award process that side-lined him (Mr Kachikwu) and the NNPC board.

 

In his controversial August 30, 2017 memo to President Buhari, Mr Kachikwu had, among other allegations, accused Mr Baru of flouting due process in the award of the $2.89 billion (about N885 billion at N306.3 to one U.S dollar) AKK contract.

 

But in a curious move, Mr Kachikwu, on December 13, presented the same contract to the Federal Executive Council, (FEC) seeking approval to award it.

 

When PREMIUM TIMES asked him why he sought approval for a contract he accused the NNPC of inappropriately awarding three months earlier, the minister said his action was meant to correct the irregularity in the initial award process carried out by Mr Baru.

 

But our investigation revealed that the contract was neither awarded by Mr Baru nor was it ever approved by Mr Buhari before that December 13, when the minister presented it before FEC.