Posted by Grand News | 13 October 2017 | 856 times
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria
(PENGASSAN) has called for proper and thorough investigation into the
crisis surrounding the $25 billion contract and employment allegation
in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The association
vowed to resist any attempt by non-executive officials of the NNPC to
meddle in the affairs of the Corporation.
A statement signed on
Wednesday by the Secretary of the Group Executive Council (GEC) of
PENGASSAN in NNPC, Comrade Sulaiman Sulaiman, said members of the
association support Senate’s decision to thoroughly investigate the
weighty allegations the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe
Kachikwu made against the NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru
on the awards of the $25 billion contracts and new appointments in the
Sulaiman, who said PENGASSAN was in total support of President
Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign, vowed to stop
non-executive officials from using top management positions in the
Corporation to settle their cronies at the detriment of staff members.
“We are convinced that the recent reorganisation in NNPC is in good
faith and in tandem with our call to allow internal growth in the
system through hard work and positive appraisals. We shall continue to
reject and vehemently resist attempts at meddling in the day-to-day
running of the organisation by non-executive officials of the
We will no longer allow our institutions to be an avenue
to settle friends and cohorts into management positions of NNPC at the
detriment of dedicated staff with all the requisite qualifications
within the system.
“Problems will continue to occur as long as the Chairman of the Board
continues to meddle in day-to-day running of the organisation, which
is a management role. Any attempts to allow this to happen will spell
doom for the country and create a window for abuse,” the statement
reads in part. The senior staff said good practice in corporate
governance requires absolute segregation of oversight role from
management’s daily functions.
They said the board chairman should
focus on performance appraisal of the board committees and its members
rather than dictating appointments or awarding contracts in the NNPC.
PENGASSAN argued that contrary to claim in the said letter to the
president, staff members were no longer afraid to talk or express
their opinions, especially with the domestication of whistle blowing
policy, as well as re-constitution and launching of the
Anti-Corruption Committee by Baru.
“Why should a board chairman seek to meddle in the internal
organisational adjustment? In terms of workplace harmony, NNPC has
enjoyed the best industrial atmosphere under its present management.
So far, there is zero record of industrial crisis or shutdown, which
is the first of its kind in the history of struggles in the country’s
oil and gas sector,” the association added.
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