‘Lopsided’ NNPC staff post­ing causes dis­quiet

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Daniel Adugbo

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.

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