Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has explained the recent staff movements in the corporation, saying it was normal replacement and backfill exercise to bridge the gap occasioned by impending retirement of some management staff of the corporation, among others.
Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC Group general manager, group public affairs division, explained that the exercise involved statutory retirement of 11 of the corporation’s senior management staff as well as redeployment of 19 others, saying such replacements were always effected before the final exit of the concerned staff.
Ughamadu in a statement said that in all, 30 senior staff were affected by both the statutory retirements and redeployment.
He gave the list of staff on statutory retirement between May 1 and July 31 this year to include Aniya Francis Umaru, general manager, Chad Basin, who is from the north-eastern part of the country and retired on May 6; Adewale Solomon Ladenegan, managing director, KRPC, who hails from the south-west and retired on May 13; and Musa Sulyman Gimba, group general manager, NNPC Leadership Academy, who also is from the north-east and retired on May 14.
Others include Umma Ayuba Musa, general manager, HR & Admin Services, Duke Oil, from north-west and retired on May 19; Emmanuel-Ate Mariagoretti Ndidi, general manager, support services, NGC, from the south-south region who retires on May 30; Tsavnande Thaddeaus Atighir, executive director, operations, from the north-central; Okor Ovieghara, general manager, upstream/TA to GMD, who hails from the south-south region; Barau Mohammed Kabir, managing director, NGMC, who is from the north-western region; Dawaki Salihi Abubakar, general manager NLNG, LIMS, from the north-west; Ibrahim Aminu Bagudu, executive director, ETSD, NPDC, who is from the north-west, and Yusuf Shimingah Matashi, managing director, NPDC, who hails from the north-western region and retires on July 17.
Ughamadu also named the following to be among the 19 staff that were redeployed: Anas Mustapha Mohammed, Usman Faruk, Ali Muhammed Sarki, Osarolube Ezekiel, Ihya Aondoaver Mson, Isah Abubakar Lapal, Umar Hamza Ado, Garba Adamu Kaita, Ossai Uche, Usman Umar, Ehizoje Tunde Ighodaro, Ahmed Mohammed Abdulkabir and Lere Isa Aliyu. Others are Richard-Obioha Maryrose Nkemegina, Dikko Ahmed, Ibrahim Sarafa Ayobami, Usman Yusuf, Sambo Mansur Sadiq and Buggu Louis Tizhe.
The NNPC spokesman said it was usual for the corporation to obtain necessary approvals on replacements of retiring staff ahead of schedule, saying this was the case with the recent exercise that takes effect as at when the retiring staff depart at various times within the period.
He stated that the exercise was effected to ensure uninterrupted operations of the corporation in achieving its mandate, adding that extant corporate guidelines were strictly followed in the process.
He advised members of the public to disregard the insinuation that some staff of the corporation were relieved of their duties, saying the deployments were expected and aimed at sustaining the system.
The NNPC spokesperson urged staff of the corporation not to be distracted with the report.