The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, met on Tuesday and discussed opportunities to further develop the nation’s oil and gas sector.
They met in Abuja at the ongoing Nigerian Economic Summit at the Energy Policy Committee session.
The duo had been involved in controversies over alleged misapplication of funds at the NNPC, leading to the intervention of President Buhari.
Baru, who led a session, came first at the venue of the programme, while Kachikwu walked in some few minutes later.
As soon as the Minister of State entered, Baru stood up, approached him and exchanged pleasantries with him.
Kachikwu also suggested that he be represented at the second session of the dialogue by Baru, a request the organisers declined, because Baru was to chair a session as it would affect his participation.
Kachikwu left while the breakout held and did not return until the end of the closing session.
Baru stood in for him as the Chairman of the session, and when he returned, he joined as the co-chairman.
At the end of the programme, they both exchanged pleasantries further, took some photographs, chatted and walked out of the hall together.