New information has emerged of how the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru sidelined the minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu in recent appointment at the oil giant.
In a petition letter written by Kachikwu,which surfaced on the Internet and widely circulated on Twitter, the minister also alleged that Baru had been sidelining the NNPC board.
3tvonline recall that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in August 2017, redeployed 55 top senior officers in a major shake-up.
Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director, NNPC, announced the reorganization in a statement by Ndu Ughamadu, the agency spokesperson.
According to the statement then, the new appointments would help to position the corporation for the challenges ahead and fill the gaps created by statutory retirement of some officers.
But the re-organisation didn’t go down well with the Igbo apex socio political organization, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
In a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, Ohanaeze asked him to review the recent reorganization at NNPC, which it said was lop-sided against the Igbos.
It said the new set of management appointments by the Federal Government-owned oil firm was clearly done in favour of the North with the South-east totally ignored in the process.
The reorganization at the NNPC saw that the approval of 54 new senior managerial appointments but none of them is from the South-east.
Kachikwu petition letter seems to buttress Ohanaeze position.
“Like the previous reorganisations and repostings done since Mr Baru resumed as GMD, I was never given the opportunity before the announcements to discuss these appointments.
”This is so despite being the minister of state petroleum and chairman, NNPC board,” the letter read.
“The board of NNPC which you appointed and which has met every month since its inauguration, and which by the NNPC is meant to review these planned appointments and postings, was never briefed.
Members of the board learnt of these appointments from the pages of social media and the press release of NNPC.“Indeed, in anticipation of vacancies that would arise from retiring senior executives of NNPC, I wrote the GMD a letter requesting that we both have prior review of the proposed appointments.
”Not only did he not give my letter the courtesy of a reply, he proceeded to announce the appointments without consultation on board concurrence.
“Mr President, please note that there is a board service committee whose function is to review potential appointment and termination of senior staff prior to implementation.
Kachikwu’s Petition is reproduced below:
We reproduce the NNPC last re-organisation and appointments done on August 30, 2017 below.
Under the new arrangement, Roland Ewubare, formerly the managing director of the Integrated Data Services Limited, has been moved to the National Petroleum Investment Management Services as the new group general manager, Diepriye Tariah, the former group general manager and senior technical assistant to the NNPC’s GMD takes over from Ewubare as the MD of the IDSL.
Malami Shehu, Executive Director, Operations, Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, was appointed the managing director of the Port Harcourt Refining Company, while Adewale Ladenegan, former MD of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, was moved to the KRPC as MD.
Muhammed Abah, Executive Director, Operations, WRPC, succeeds Ladenegan as the MD of the WRPC.
With the retirement of Farouk Ahmed as the MD of the Nigerian Products Marketing Company, Umar Ajiya, the former GGM in charge of Corporate Planning and Strategy, was named the MD of the NPMC while Bala Wunti, formerly the general manager, Downstream at the GMD’s office had been asked to take charge as the GGM CP&S.
The statement by the spokesman for the NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, also showed that Usman Yusuf was made the GGM/STA to the GMD; Adeyemi Adetunji was confirmed as the MD of the NNPC Retail, while Dr. Bola Afolabi was named as the GGM, Research and Development Division of the corporation.
Ahmadu Katagum was appointed the GGM, Shipping, in the Downstream Autonomous Business Unit, while Kallamu Abdullahi was made the GGM in charge of the Renewable Energy Division in the Downstream ABU.
Shaibu Musa was promoted to the position of the MD of the NNPC, Medical Services Limited, just as Ibrahim Birma was appointed the new GGM in charge of the corporation’s Audit Division, which was renamed Governance, Risk and Compliance Division.
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