The President on Tuesday said he would head the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
Speaking with newsmen in New York on Tuesday, after addressing a Global Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism, Buhari declared: “I wil remain Minister of Petroleum,” adding, “I will appoint a Minister of State for Petroleum.”
The president said, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), this step is being taken as part of efforts to sanitise Nigeria’s oil industry which is said to be plagued by corruption, massive fraud, and crude oil theft.
The President was in New York to participate in the 70th United Nations General Assembly.
“I will serve as the Minister of Petroleum Resources myself,” Buhari revealed.
The nation’s petroleum sector has been said to be enmeshed in corruption with millions of dollars said to be missing in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Shortly after assuming office, Buhari sacked and replaced the management of the company.
The new management had started a general reorganisation of the firm.
Buhari had on Monday said the trial of those who looted the NNPC would commence soon.