By Kelvin Obambon
The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to revert to the status quo by appointing someone from the South-South geopolitical zone as the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
PANDEF, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, argued that it has always been the birth right of the region to produce head of the Corporation.
While it welcomed the reconstitution of the NNPC Board by President Buhari on Saturday, the group said the major concern of the Niger Delta was the skewed composition of the executive management of the corporation and appointment of chief executives of the subsidiaries.
It added that by the action, the President was just scratching the surface of the problem.
“It is simply abhorrent that the Group Managing Director, GMD, the Chief Finance Officer, Finance & Account, the Corporate Secretary/Legal Adviser to the Corporation, and Chief Executives of virtually all strategic divisions and subsidiaries of the NNPC are persons from the Northern zones of the country.
“We would, therefore, urge Mr. President to further carry out a holistic rejigging of the lopsided NNPC management structure, and correct the imbalances, in the interest of equity, fairness, peace and national cohesion.
“It is significant to recall that the position of Group Managing Director of the NNPC was, traditionally and rightly, reserved for persons from the South-South zone, which produces about 95% of the nation’s crude extraction. It won’t be out of place, therefore, to ask for the restoration of that tradition.
“PANDEF however notes that the latest NNPC Board composition, as announced by the Presidency, shows a departure from the 2016 Board arrangement, which had no representation from the South-East zone, an oil producing zone, and to that extent, therefore, commendable.”, the statement said.
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