The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has debunked insinuations contained in some media reports that there was an intrinsic ethnic agenda in the recent appointments and retirements that took place at the top echelon of the corporation.
Mr Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, NNPC, clarified clarified in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday that the appointments were made in compliance with extant laws regarding federal character.
Alegbe said the retirement exercise affected all those who were to retire between now and 2016, without any regard to ethnicity or state of origin.
He said that all the decisons were made with the express approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement reads in part: “The recent appointments, promotions, and retirements are all a part of the ongoing restructuring exercise aimed repositioning the Corporation into a lean, efficient, profit-driven organization in line with international best practices, without regard to primordial sentiments”.
Alegbe decried attempts by a section of the media to politicize the recent appointments and retirements in the Corporation by imputing ethnic colouration to the exercise.
The statement, therefore, called on the Nigerian public to discountenance any report aimed at denigrating the ongoing reorganization exercise in the Corporation.