The group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, has been accused of nepotism and favouritism following the recent forceful retirement and deployment of 40 top management officials of the corporation, THE WITNESS reports.
Recall this newspaper had reported that the affected senior officials were group general managers and general managers. It was gathered that the affected GGMs and GMs were asked to leave the employ of the oil firm on Wednesday. Sources at the corporation stated that the reorganisation touched other very senior positions at the headquarters of the national oil firm, as well as in some of its subsidiaries.
The GGMs, who operate from the corporate headquarters are equivalent to managing directors of subsidiaries of the corporation, while the GMs, who work at the subsidiaries, are equivalent to executive directors.
“About 40 GGMs and GMs were asked to leave, as they were retired by the corporation yesterday (Wednesday). Most of those affected are also not happy because they felt they were not due for retirement.
“However, they were all asked to leave yesterday and that is raising dust and concern among staff at the corporation,” the source revealed.
However, those in the know informed THE WITNESS that the silent exercise was calculated to ingratiate particular interests, which is promoting Northern agenda to pacify President Muhammadu Buhari and the infamous Aso Rock cabal.
THE WITNESS gathered that in the nepotism-driven shakeup, the Fulanis and people from the Northern region have been penciled down for key positions from the last charade called recruitment exercise in 2019. This newspaper gathered that these officers have been positioned to take over the vacant positions silently, but there is fear that the corporation was losing good hands to mediocrity and subservience.
THE WITNESS further gathered that the system is currently heated up and employees from other regions of the country are not happy about the development.
On the deployment and postings saga, sources divulged that officers from the northern region are made to head plump and active departments of the corporation while officials from other parts of the country head redundant departments.
“In the corporation, we have two categories of subsidiaries, the ones considered as redundant and the ones considered as grade A subsidiaries, such as NAPIMS, NPDC, shipping, NNPC Trading, PPMC, but under the present dispensation, one would have expected some form of balancing in terms of postings to these subsidiaries. But as it is right now, most of the positions in these subsidiaries are headed by people from one region of the country.”
Sources informed our reporter a top chief operating officer from the southern region has been moved from a position that he only assumed last year to another position of COO that is not comparable to his former office. This, according to sources, was not welcomed by some persons in the corporation, especially those from the region where the affected COO hailed from.
On Friday, some of the affected officers officially handed over at the corporation’s headquarters in Abuja.
Efforts to reach the new group general manager, Public Affairs Division of the corporation, Kennie Obateru, for his reaction to the development proved futile as calls placed to his mobile line by our reporter were not responded to as at press time.
Embattled Lagos Speaker, Obasa recalls suspended lawmakers amid corruption allegations
The Lagos State House of Assembly led by the embattled speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Thursday, 26th March, 2020 lifted the suspension of two lawmakers, Moshood Oshun and Raheem Kazeem, THE WITNESS learnt.
Hon. Obasa, made the announcement at the start of plenary activities on the floor of the House.
According to Obasa, the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, called a meeting earlier in the week to intervene in the matter.
The Speaker said at the meeting, it was agreed that the House should reinstate the suspended lawmakers.
Recall that aside the suspension of the two members, two other principal officers, Olumuyiwa Jimoh and Rotimi Abiru, who were the former Deputy Majority Leader and the Chief Whip, respectively, were relieved of their offices.
Recall also that the sanctions was slammed against them by their colleagues on Monday, 9 March, 2020.
Hon. Obasa has been battling allegations of fraud for weeks now.
Recall, THE WITNESS reported that a non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA), recently accused the Lagos Assembly speaker of being reckless with funds meant for development.
In a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), and signed by its executive director, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak, the group called on the anti-graft agency to investigate and prosecute Hon. Obasa for “gross financial misconduct and abuse of office allegedly perpetrated by the speaker so as to avert a further bleeding of the public treasury under his care and restore sanity in the functioning of the state’s legislative establishment.”
Specifically, HURMA urged the anti-graft agency to probe Hon. Obasa’s alleged financial recklessness and cornering of public funds through illegitimate means; and the alleged corruption and compromise of laid down procedures and rules deliberately foisted on the workforce of the assembly.
COVID-19: Panic over Abba Kyari’s health as more ‘critical’ details emerge
There is panic over the health of the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, as sources say he has other ailments that can hamper his rate of recovery from Coronavirus.
The Punch reports that doctors attending to Kyari, have obtained his medical records from Wellington Hospital, St. John’s Wood, London. “Abba Kyari’s medical records have been sent via email from Wellington Hospital where he goes for his check-up and also gets his treatment.
“He has some other health conditions which will be kept confidential. We are hoping for the best”, the source told
The Wellington Hospital, located in North London, deals with Brain surgery, Cardiac care, Orthopaedic care, Spinal care, Women’s health, Urology care and others.
Kyari was tested positive for coronavirus Tuesday.
COVID-19 in Nigeria is political, full of lies and fraud – Kogi gov, Bello
Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has said that the reported spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria is political, full of lies and an avenue for political office holders and corrupt officials to embezzle and steal the nation’s resources, THE WITNESS reports.
The governor disclosed this in a post on his verified Facebook page on Wednesday while denying rumours that he tested positive to the virus.
“Please stay at home and stay safe. I got NO Covid. It’s fake news. People of Kogi State, I love you all. Don’t mind the political aspect of COVID-19, maximum of 21 days, COVID-19 will disappear.
“Don’t panic, if you have catarrh (fluid), take hot water with garlic, ginger, lemon, lime and steam yourself, you will be good.
“There are a lot of lies, politics about COVID-19, I will not play with that. I will not play with my people’s life or pretend and steal money because of this so-called pandemic. Please, stay safe.
“I’m good, strong, hale and hearty. If COVID-19 comes to Kogi State, you have a governor who will combat and defeat the idiot.
“I can assure you, 90 percent noise about COVID-19 is political and economic financial material thing,” the governor disclosed.
SEE LINK FOR VIDEO: KOGI GOVERNOR, YAHAYA BELLO SPEAKS ON COVID-19
Malam Abba Kyari, President Buhari’s Chief of staff, now stricken by coronavirus, had contacts with many people since his return from Germany 14 March. One of his contacts was the Kogi State governor.
Kyari visited Bello on 17 March, to deliver Buhari’s message to the governor at the prayers marking the eigh days since the death of his mum.
Lai Mohammed, Akume, Shehu were all at the event.
Kyari reportedly travelled to Munich, Germany, on Saturday, March 7th, to meet with officials of Siemens over the Nigerian electricity expansion programme.
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