BEVERLY HILLS, April 24, (THEWILL) – The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has refuted reports credited to The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi, that he was in the U.S and refused to attend an investors’ summit.
Sanusi was quoted to have accused Kachikwu and some other Ministers for being absent at a U.S-Nigeria Investors’ Forum they were billed to attend even when they were in the U.S.
The summit was organised by the Embassy of Nigeria in the United State and the absence of the Ministers sparked criticism from the Emir, who described the absence of government officials as carefree attitude to investment opportunities.
However, the spokesman to the petroleum minister, Mr Idang Alibi, has revealed that Kachikwu was at another investors meeting in the UK.
“The office of the Minister has recently been beleaguered with various media reports concerning the absence of the Minister of State at the recent US-Nigeria Investment Summit held in Washington, DC,” he said.
“It is important to note that Kachikwu was not in the United States of America as reported and was not billed to attend the summit.
“He was in the United Kingdom where he had just concluded the facilitation of a key investment meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Royal Dutch Shell plc. led by the CEO, Bernardus Van Beurden, in London.
“He is committed to delivering the major aspirations of the #7BigWins of which Business and Investment Drive is a key theme.”