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NNPC fires subsidiary’s MD, two others

THE Managing Director of NNPC Retail Ltd, the downstream subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mrs. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue and two other senior managers lost their jobs

The others are: Mr. Alpha P. Mamza and Mr. Oluwa Kayode Erinoso, Executive Director (Operations) and Manager (Distribution) of the NNPC Retail Ltd.

The trio’s retirement and the deployment of others to replace them, as announced by the NNPC management, were in line with the ongoing reforms in the Corporation.

Mr. Adeyemi Adetunji was announced as Mrs. Nnamdi-Ogbue as Managing Director, Lawal Bello named as Executive Director (Operations), Mrs. Affiong Akpasubi, (Executive Director) and Mr. Agwandas A. Andrawus, as Manager (Distribution).

In a statement, the NNPC said that the new appointments take immediate effect.

Until his new assignment Adetunji was General Manager, Strategy & Planning, Gas & Power and also former General Manager, Transformation Office.

The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, charged the deployed managers to remain committed to their duties in line with the transformation aspirations of the Management.

There has been a lingering scandal of missing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) involving the Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Mr. Ifeanyi Uba and Mrs. Nnamdi-Ogbue.

A source told The Nation on the condition of anonymity that an investigative panel raised to investigate the former NNPC Retail Limited Managing Director in the deal recommended her for sack.

The source alleged: “She diverted imported petrol to Capital Oil tank farm and failed to remit the proceeds to the NNPC.  The corporation has no remittance. This was one of the things they were doing that they quickly removed some of us from that unit.

“It was when the investigation commenced that the corporation shook up its management staff and made her Executive Director, NNPC Retail. The panel that was set up to investigate her role in the deal asked NNPC to fire her.”

Mrs. Nnamdi-Ogbue ‘retirement’ came on a day she was linked to the $43.4 million, £27,800 and N23.2million cash found by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in an apartment in House 6, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

She debunked the claim through credited to her lawyer, Mr. Emeka Etiaba.

Asked why the corporation took its action, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said NNPC owes no one any explanation for its action.

“If a company retires a staff, it does not owe you any explanation. They were retired not sacked”, he told The Nation.

Source: The Nation

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