By Adedapo Adesanya
The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has called for a proper audit of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited as he outlined certain restructuring of government organisations.
Mr Sanusi, who made this known while delivering his remarks at The Bank Directors Summit at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, noted that this call was what cost him his job at the apex bank under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Mr Sanusi, who was CBN governor from June 2009 to February 2014, also insisted that the President should not be the Minister of Petroleum.
For the former Emir of Kano, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) must remain until banks get together and pay up what they owe the system.
He also maintained that the banking sector must shore up its trust deficit in the eyes of the public and that there is no need to amend the CBN Act to keep the apex bank free of political influences.
In August, about three months after his inauguration, President Bola Tinubu split the Ministry of Petroleum Resources with the appointment of Mr Ekperipe Ekpo as Minister of State, Gas Resources; and Mr Heineken Lokpobiri as Minister of State, Petroleum Resources.
However, President Tinubu, in an apparent tradition of his predecessor, ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, kept the position of the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources to himself.