As part of efforts to reposition the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as a global company of excellence, Public Affairs Officers of the Corporation have been trained on the need for them to adopt proactive and predictive Public Relations Strategies in their management of information emanating from the nation’s oil and gas industry which is one of the cornerstone of the national economy.
In his opening remarks at the NNPC Group Public Affairs Division first Quarterly Interactive Session (GQIS), the Group General Manager, Ndu Ughamadu, described the petroleum sector as the heartbeat of the economy and implored participants to be dutiful and with sincerity of purpose address concerns of all stakeholders.
Ughamadu described the GQIS as a knowledge sharing gathering that would enable Public Affairs Officers to discharge their duties efficiently in alignment with the Corporation’s management agenda of Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE).
He stated that the session was also geared towards repositioning the image of the NNPC for the better, urging the participants to be passionate, courageous and professional in the discharge of their mandates.
The NNPC Spokesman implored participants to efficiently negotiate and manage the expectations of internal and external stakeholders, emphasizing the need for them to collaborate and cooperate with one another to boost the reputation of the NNPC in positive light.
Executive Director, Services, of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), Dr. Abdullahi Idris, who was the Guest Speaker at the event, posited that Public Affairs function was a strategic management function key to the resolution of crisis emanating from the various publics of the Corporation.
Dr. Idris averred that Public Affairs Officers were solution providers that must at all times employ proactive and predictive Public Relations strategies and not reactionary strategy, adding that their ability to dominate their environment would enable them function effectively in their various Strategic Business Units.
Speaking on the topic: Managing Information in the Oil and Gas Industry, Dr. Idris stated that Public Affairs Officers must imbibe the virtues of being confident, courageous and passionate about their onerous duties of promoting the image of the Corporation.
Participants were drawn from the various subsidiaries and relevant units of the Corporation.
Highpoint of the interactive session was the presentation of NNPC souvenir to the Guest Speaker for his incisive and educative presentation.
Breaking: Protesters clash at APC secretariat in Abuja over ‘Oshiomhole’
Protesters are attacking each other at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, in Abuja, the nation’s capital, over a yet-to-be ascertained issue.
The Witness understands that the protesters, who had also gathered to protest against Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman, on Thursday, turned on one another as they matched towards the APC secretariat.
Meanwhile, the timely intervention of officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Thursday, however, prevented what would have been a bloody clash between pro and anti-Oshiomhole protest groups at the national Secretariat of the ruling party.
Reps investigate NIMASA, NDIC over unaudited accounts
The House of Representatives has placed the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, on full status enquiry.
This followed the non-submission of its audited accounts for years 2015 to 2018 to the Auditor General of the Federation (AGF).
The House Committee on Public Account took the action yesterday.
Also, the committee did not only place the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) on full status enquiry, but also summoned the Minister of Finance and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, over the unaudited accounts of the corporation.
This was part of the resolution of the House Committee headed by Oluwole Oke at the continued hearing of the “Deliberate and Reckless Refusal By Non-Treasury and Partially-Funded Agencies to render their audited accounts from 2014 to 2018”.
Julius Dung, who represented the Auditor General of the Federation at the session, confirmed the non-receipt of the accounts from both organisations.
Last week, the committee summoned the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemi Saraki, with the permanent secretary in the ministry, over continued shunning of the invitation of NIMASA Director-General Dakuku Peterside.
Others were also invited.
Peterside was still absent at Tuesday’s session.
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But Gambo Ahmed, the agency’s Executive Director of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, told the committee that Peterside was outside the country on an international assignment.
The committee rejected the excuse for his absence.
The committee rejected Saraki’s explanation for the non-submission of the audited accounts of the agency.
It expressed surprised when NIMASA claimed not to have a management account; hence, could not generate audited accounts for a number of years.
“We cannot submit an audited account from when we started. We must get the closing balance as at the last time we submitted the audit,” the Executive Director, Finance and Accounts, Bashir Jamiu, told the committee yesterday.
“Are you saying you don’t have a management account?” Oke queried.
“We don’t have,” he said.
The committee chairman asked if he was saying the agency did not have the balances to carry on with subsequent years.
Presidency recalls sacked aides of VP Osinbajo
The Presidency has recalled some aides of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who were unceremoniously relieved of their duties late last year.
According to a report by Daily Independent revealed that instead of returning to their previous posts in the Presidential Villa, the aides have been redeployed to various ministries where they were assigned new roles by the supervising ministers.
Speaking on Tuesday evening, February 25, one of the affected Vice President Osinbajo aides, said some of them were recalled in December 2019 while some also got redeployed in January 2020.
“We have all been recalled but not to our former posts. We have all been redeployed to ministries and we will be reporting to the ministers. We are no longer under the Office of the Vice President. It is not what we expect but it is better than what happened before when our appointments were terminated abruptly.
“Some of us were recalled late last year while some of us got our letters in January this year. I have since returned to Abuja and resumed in my ministry.”
Another of the affected aides, who also spoke on the matter, said it took a serious intervention from prominent Nigerians before they were recalled.
“It was just divine because we have all lost hope. The media also did not help matters as they were reporting that there is a rift between the vice president and the president and he may resign or be impeached.
“But we thank God for his grace and the intervention of eminent Nigerians including our then-boss, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who really fought for us to be recalled. I have also resumed in a ministry”, she said.
Sacked Osinbajo Aides
The report said when Daily Independent contacted some ministries, some top officials confirmed that some of the affected aides are in the ministry. A top official in the Ministry of Information and Culture said, “Yes, some of them are with us here. They resumed in January this year”.
Another top official in the Ministry of Transport also confirmed that some of the affected aides were redeployed to the ministry.
The names of the affected aides are Ajibola Ajayi, daughter of former governor of Oyo State, Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi. She was appointed Special Assistant (Legal) to the President (VP’s Office) in August 2019. She was a former SA to the President on Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) (VP’s office), from October 2015 to May 2019.
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