‘Lopsided’ NNPC staff posting causes disquiet
A recent posting of management staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is causing some disquiet.
Some workers allege that the posting has favoured staff from the South South as against other geo-political zones, Daily Trust learnt.
The posting sheet, a copy of which was seen by Daily Trust, indicated that the South South got the highest number of slots with 19 top management staff, while the North East got the lowest posts with five.
The list also revealed that the South East and South West got 15 slots each, whereas the North West has 12 slots and North Central nine slots.
The posting is of management staff from grade level M2 to M4.
South South is the zone of Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is also the chairman of the NNPC board.
The Group Managing Director, Andrew Yakubu, is from the North West.
Some concerned NNPC staff, who spoke to Daily Trust, said the posting violated the federal character principle.
They said it was likely that some of the posting were influenced by the politicians who are now interfering in many activities of the corporation.
But spokesman for the NNPC, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, dismissed the allegation of interference in the posting, and said what mattered most was whether the people assigned to the new posts were capable of handling their new assignments.
Ibrahim said critics should base their arguments on whether the people posted have one problem or another, or if they are not competent enough to handle their job, and not criticise based on their places of origin.