By Yemie Adeoye
FOLLOWING a recent publication in the media that the recent reshuffling of top management at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, was aimed at favouring a particular section of the country, the Minister of petroleum resources, Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke has cleared the air saying that all parts of the country is duly represented in the exercise.
A statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum corporation, NNPC, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma noted that â€œthe attention of the Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke has been drawn to a publication by Daily Trust Newspaper of May 3rd captioned â€˜Deltans corner top oil postsâ€™.
â€œOrdinarily the publication would have been ignored but in order to keep the records straight, the Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources wishes to put it in black and white that the recent restructuring carried out by the Ministry under her watch was done based on the expediency to move the oil and gas industry forwardâ€.
He quoted the Minister of Petroleum Resources as saying that all the various appointments and redeployment of officers made was based on professionalism, track record and efficiency of the affected individuals.
Dr. Ajuonuma pointed out that in order not to lose sight of some of the spurious claims of the said publication, the former Group General Manager Human Resources of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mallam Auwalu Abubakar was redeployed to Special Duties contrary to the claim that he was not assigned any duty. Also, the Acting GGM Crude Oil Marketing, Mallam Farouk Bello was redeployed to Gas and Power while Mrs Aisha Abdulrahman former Managing Director Hyson was taken to NIKORMA as MD.
He said that for the avoidance of doubt, all the six geo-political zones of the country are well represented in the top management cadre of the Corporation.
According to him, the recent restructuring has the Group Executive Director Commercial and Investment as Alhaji Attahiru Yusuf. The GED Special Duties, Aminu Baba-Kusa while the GED Refining and Petrochemicals is Austen Oniwon. All northerners.
Dr. Ajunoma observed with dismay that Daily Trust newspaper earlier published that Mrs Turai YarAduaâ€™s younger brother F.B Abudullahi was sacked from the services of the NNPC. Contrary this report, Mr AbdullahiÂ has been sent for a top management course sponsored by Shell Petroleum Development Company,SPDC, that would make him traverse six countries and he is expected to report to the London office of the Corporation as Group General Manager at the end of his course.
The NNPC spokesman stated that Acting president Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan must be commended for expeditiously assenting to the Nigerian Content Development Act which seeks primarily to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths of the Niger Delta and Nigerians as part of measures to ameliorate the unrest in the area.
He also noted that worthy of commendation is Mrs Alison-Madueke for establishing the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board and for immediately appointing an Executive Secretary saddled with the responsibility of enforcing compliance of Nigerian Content in the International Oil Companies doing business in Nigeria.
The NNPC spokesman urged Daily Trust newspaper to devote its pages to developmental journalism rather than fanning the embers of regionalization or ethnicity which would not benefit any section of the country.