A new wave of reforms is currently sweeping the state-run oil corporations – the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Ltd (NPDC), an investigation has revealed.
As a result of the sweeping changes in the managerial cadre, no fewer than 15 managers have been redeployed in the“fumigation exercise’’ to cleanse the place.
Some of the managers redeployed to the COO include Timothy Kibon, Dala Joshua Asundu, Modibbo Ahmed Tijani, and Norbert Ifediba.
“The cleansing is ongoing and it will also get to the lower cadres of the corporation, Per Second News gathered from a competent top official.
To give a fillip to the reforms and the wind of change blowing across the nation’s oil and gas industry, the new Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC has ordered a zero-tolerance for graft policy, setting out to clean up the state-run oil corporation, its subsidiaries and business practices.
Also, financial leakages have been plugged while decade-long corruption gang activities are being curbed by the new management team.
The arrowheads of the wind of change are the GMD of the NNPC, Malam Mele Koto Kyari and his leadership team at the corporation.
The focus of the spectrums’ down-to-earth reforms is transparency in their dealings and that official businesses and the corporations play strictly by the rules.
“The past week has witnessed massive redeployment of officials of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Ltd (NPDC), a subsidiary of NNPC, to ensure transparency in their dealings and that official businesses and the corporations play strictly by the rules.
“It is also a clear indicator that this anti-corruption drive is far more than a one-off statement of intent and is now a fundamental tenet of the NNPC in line with the Buhari administration’s Vision for the Oil and Gas industry,’’ a source said.
It was learnt that the new NPDC leadership has written several letters to the JV Partners warning them to fulfil their obligations to the host communities and refrain from diverting funds meant for the communities to pay themselves.
“For too long too many officials working with some bands of contractors and JV Partners have treated the state oil as personal estate.
“And the new leadership has sent a very clear warning to them: That era has ended,’’ a top official told PerSecondNews.
” The reform is meant to improve the business environment and ignite the sector for good, the official said.