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Vol 44 No 22

Published 7th November 2003


Gaius says goodbye

The sacking of Jackson Gaius Obaseki, Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, on 3 November, is linked to the growing problems with well connected firm Sahara Energy Resources in Ghana and at home in Nigeria. President Olusegun Obasanjo carpeted Obaseki over the award of new lifting contracts in Nigeria under which, it was claimed, NNPC gave Sahara preferential treatment. These contracts were cancelled on the advice of Obasanjo's former Special Advisor on Oil Rilwanu Lukman, who resigned on 7 October after opposing the government's stand on petroleum price increases (AC Vol 44 No 20).

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