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Don’t impute bad motives in NNPC changes – Ajounuma

By Yemie Adeoye

LAGOS—FOLLOWING the sack of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Malam Shehu Ladan and the ongoing restructuring of the firm, the Nigerian oil and gas industry has been assured of an elixir of growth and sustained development under the watch of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and the new Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr.  Austen Oniwon.

At an interactive session with newsmen in Lagos, weekend, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Dr. Levi Ajounuma, dismissed insinuations that the recent changes in the corporation was induced by extraneous factors.

He informed that the Nigerian oil industry is a professionally run sector in line with international best practices which do not give room for ethnic or religious sentiments.

“The Presidency has made its decision as it deems fit in the interest of the nation, the Ministry and the NNPC. It is a known fact that the industry is undergoing reform and transformation. This presupposes that changes can be made at any time along the process of transition and transformation, and it is deemed that such changes are in the best interest of the industry and Nigeria.

We must, therefore, avoid dwelling on the reasons why somebody was hired or fired, but more on consistency of government’s focus on reform and positive transformation of the industry,’’ he argued.


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