$25bn NNPC contracts: PENGASSAN calls for thorough investigation

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

organisation.

 

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

Corporation.

 

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.


Source: Grand News

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