The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Engineer Andrew Yakubu, has dismissed insinuations that the recent recruitment into the corporation was lopsided, saying the recruitment process was so transparent that even his daughter “who is eminently qualified” could not secure a space in the final recruitment list.
The recruitment document obtained by Daily Trust before it was released indicated that the exercise was lopsided in favour of some states and did not reflected the Federal Character principle.
Speaking at the induction ceremony for newly recruited graduate trainees held at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, Yakubu described the exercise which led to the employment of 595 new staff as the “most painstaking and transparent recruitment ever conducted in the history of the Corporation.”
A statement by the NNPC spokesman Fidel I. Pepple said the exercise, which began with the placement of advertisement in some national newspapers and the NNPC website in November 2010, was designed to provide Nigerians equal opportunity to aspire for available vacancies in the services of the corporation.
“With the assistance of Philips Consulting, a reputable Management Consultants, and our experienced in-house recruitment experts, a final figure of 595 candidates were adjudged successful and recruited after painstaking interview sessions and due diligence using the criteria of merit, catchment area and national spread,’’ he said.
He also pledged the commitment of the corporation to abide by the Freedom of Information Act in all its operations.
He said ahead of the signing into law of the then FOI Bill by President Goodluck Jonathan, the NNPC had taken bold measures to open its operations to public scrutiny.
In his welcome address, the Group Executive Director Corporate Services, Dr. Peter Nmadu, disclosed that four of the new employees were physically challenged persons in line with corporation’s policy of giving equal opportunity to all categories of persons.