A terse warning has been sounded to staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) who have been found to flout established processes and procedures, of the Corporationâ€™s plans to strengthen the anti-graft war across its value chain to ensure efficiency and optimization of resources.
NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Baru, who issued the warning on Thursday in Abuja while receiving the management of the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, ACAN, the research and training arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Tribunal, ICPC, stressed that NNPC would work with the Anti-Corruption Academy to sustain its age-long tradition in this regard.
Dr. Baru, said as an anti-corruption minded entity, the NNPC would not hesitate to mete out appropriate sanctions against members of staff who are found to have circumvented laid down rules and procedures.
â€œWe have meted out quite heavy penalties and we were also able to retire staff who flouted our process,â€™â€™ he said.
Emphasizing the Corporationâ€™s antecedent in the ant-graft campaign in the early 2000s when he was Chairman of the NNPC Anti-corruption Committee, Dr. Baru noted that as an organization with similar aspiration as ACAN, the Corporation was open to a workable and harmonious relationship based on shared values and commitment.
â€œNNPC was the first agency of government to form an in-house anti-corruption committee soon after the proclamation of the ICPC Act. This action showed our commitment to transparency and openness in all what we do and it also showed our zeal to ensure our staff imbibed the culture of fighting corruption,â€™â€™ he said.
The GMD said currently the Corporationâ€™s anti-corruption posture had been accentuated with the monthly publication of NNPC financial and operational report on national newspapers, online news portals as well as on the NNPC website.
He explained that the principle of corporate governance has been stretched a notch higher with prompt remittances of oil and gas revenue into the Federation Account while it is also a matter of public knowledge that the Corporation has embraced fully the practice of conducting open public bid exercises in sourcing service providers and suppliers for day to day operational requirements.
Dr. Baru said these open bid exercises were usually covered live by major television networks in the full glare of representatives of the bidding companies with officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NDCMB as well as members of the civil society organisations in attendance as independent assessors.
The GMD noted that the NNPC was undergoing reforms anchored on the full activation of the 12 Business Focus Areas, BUFA, with the cardinal philosophy of engendering an efficient first class oil and gas entity with clearâ€“eyed gaze at transparency and accountability.
Similar sentiment was expressed by Prof. Sola Akinrinade, Provost of the Academy who indicated the readiness of ACAN to help the Corporation boost its anti-corruption quotient with apt capacity building sessions for staff and management in the subject of anti-corruption.