The claim that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC), under the leadership of Group Chief Executive Officer Mr. Mele Kyari is conducting secret recruitment without the board’s approval is false, a source has said.
The report had claimed that 35 people were allegedly recruited secretly into the NNPC Limited and are either undergoing medical examinations or writing entrance exams.
But a source who is in a position to know but would not want to be mentioned said that there was no such recruitment exercise going on at the National Oil Company.
The source said that following its transition into a limited company governed by the Companies and Allied Matters Act, NNPC Limited has established a standard recruitment structure that cannot be compromised.
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The implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act, which facilitated NNPC Limited’s transition into a CAMA company, has reinforced the organization’s governance structure, making it resilient to manipulation, according to the source.
“NNPC Limited’s recruitment process adheres to best governance practices and cannot be easily manipulated.
“That report is fake. You cannot just wake up and start hiring people secretly at NNPC Limited. There is a structure that allows the NNPC Limited to have the best governance procedure for its recruitment,” said the source.
“The NNPC Limited has a standard recruitment structure that cannot be bent; it’s a strong governance structure that no official can just manipulate.”
The source also highlighted that there have been ongoing campaigns to discredit the NNPC management and suggested that the allegations of secret recruitment might be part of these efforts.
The source also said the recent retirement and restructuring of some employees within NNPC Limited may have contributed to disgruntled individuals spreading such claims.
“Remember that few days ago, some people were asked to proceed on retirement and you don’t expect some of them who still have about 15 months to retire to be happy for being asked to leave the system,” added the source.
“So, it is possible that this secret recruitment claims could be coming from disgruntled people who are not happy with the retirement and restructuring that is going on in the company”.