NNPC board fails to meet

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Daniel Adugbo

The board of the Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) has not been meet­ing since its in­au­gu­ral meet­ing in July, 2012, sources told Daily Trust.

The board, chaired by Petroleum Min­is­ter Diezani Ali­son-Madueke, is man­dated by the NNPC Act of 1977 to meet not less than four times in each year.

“The af­fairs of the Cor­po­ra­tion shall, sub­ject to Part II of this Act, be con­ducted by a Board of Di­rec­tors of the Cor­po­ra­tion,” the law also says.

The act pro­vides three-year ten­ure for the board, which means that the in­cum­bent board has al­ready spent half of its term.

Of­fi­cials who spoke to Daily Trust on con­di­tion of anonymity said the board never met again since its maiden meet­ing.

Two letters writ­ten to the cor­po­ra­tion since last year seek­ing for in­for­ma­tion on the ac­tiv­i­ties of the board have not been replied to.

An­other let­ter was writ­ten as a re­minder to both of­fices of the

min­is­ter and Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, NNPC but no re­ply yet.

The first let­ter writ­ten to both the min­is­ter and the GMD was dated De­cem­ber 12, 2013. The re­minder letters dated March 14, 2014 were re­ceived by the Cor­po­ra­tion and the min­is­ter’s of­fice on March 17, 2014.

The re­minder letters read in part “This is to re­mind you that we are yet to get your re­sponse to our let­ter dated De­cem­ber 12, 2013 with the fol­low­ing con­tent:

In the spirit of the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act, I write to re­quest for the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion:

“1. When the board of the NNPC was in­au­gu­rated 2. The num­ber of meet­ings it has held since in­au­gu­ra­tion 3. If none why such meet­ings have not been held”

But a spokesman for NNPC, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, told Daily Trust by tele­phone penul­ti­mate Fri­day that the board has been meet­ing.

“When you asked me about it last time, I told you they have been meet­ing.”

Mem­bers of the NNPC board are Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Engr. Andrew Yakubu, Mr. Bernard O.N. Otti, Ham­man A. Sambo, Al­haji Ab­dul­lahi Bukar, Mr. Daniel Wadzani, Prof. Oluse­gun Okunnu, Mr. Dan­ladi Ki­fasi, Mr. Steven Oron­saye and Mr. Anthony Madichie [re­placed by Mr Ikechukwu Oguine about a week ago].

At their in­au­gu­ral meet­ing last year, Mrs Ali­son-Madueke said, “The last fully con­sti­tuted board of NNPC was dis­solved in 2007. How­ever, given the na­ture of the cor­po­ra­tion’s busi­ness, the then pres­i­dent, the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, granted ap­proval for the con­sti­tu­tion of an in­terim board chaired by the Min­is­ter of Petroleum Re­sources with the GMD and GEDs as mem­bers. This in­terim sit­u­a­tion re­mained so un­til your re­cent ap­point­ment on July 16, 2012.”

The NNPC Act, in the First Sched­ule, says: “The Board shall meet not less than four times in each year and on such other oc­ca­sions as the Board may con­sider nec­es­sary.

“Ev­ery meet­ing of the Board shall be presided over by the Chair­man and if the Chair­man is un­able to at­tend any par­tic­u­lar meet­ing, a mem­ber may be ap­pointed by the mem­bers present to act as Chair­man for that par­tic­u­lar meet­ing.

Daily Trust learnt that in most cases, only top man­age­ment staff meets with­out the pres­ence of the min­is­ter.

“A quo­rum at a meet­ing of the Board shall con­sist of four mem­bers of whom at least one shall be a mem­ber ap­pointed un­der para­graph (d) of sec­tion 1 (2) of this Act.

“Where stand­ing or­ders made un­der para­graph 4 of this Sched­ule pro­vide for the Board to co-opt per­sons who are not mem­bers of the Board, such per­sons may ad­vise the Board on any mat­ter re­ferred to them by the Board, but shall not be en­ti­tled to vote at a meet­ing of the Board.”

Part of the func­tions of the board in­clude ap­prov­ing of budget for the cor­po­ra­tion, con­tract awards, among oth­ers. The Board may also make reg­u­la­tions pro­vid­ing for the con­di­tions of ser­vice of its em­ploy­ees; the grant of pen­sions, gra­tu­ities and other re­tir­ing ben­e­fits to its em­ploy­ees and their de­pen­dants, and the grant of gra­tu­ities to the es­tates or de­pen­dants of its de­ceased em­ploy­ees.

PHOTO:

A baby aban­doned at a car pool be­side Ba­gauda Kaltho Press Cen­tre in Alausa Sec­re­tariat, La­gos over the weekend.

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