Twelve top management staff of the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), have been affected in the mass redeployment, which rocked the company yesterday.
NNPC, which confirmed the shake-up at its flagship upstream subsidiary, maintained that more management staff would still be affected in the routine exercise, which is still “on-going for repositioning of the company to meet its production and reserve targets.”
Chief Operating Officer (Upstream), Mr. Rowland Ewubare, said the reorganization became imperative following the urgent need of the current management to grow the NPDC into a big time exploration and production player in the country.
Ewubare stated that for the NPDC to measure up to its peers, it needed a team of professionals that were fit-for-purpose and could deliver on project timelines and budgets, the statement issued by Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, read.
He added that the shake-up in the NPDC was a routine exercise that was still ongoing, stressing that other staff that were not suitable for the posts they were currently occupying would be redeployed for national interest.
The NNPC Upstream boss said with the presidential mandate, it was appropriate to have a team of professionals who understood the urgency of the mission, dismissing any insinuation that trailed the exercise.
“The redeployment that just took place in NPDC is a signal to all members of staff that it is no longer business as usual. We are determined, as a management, to meet the four cardinal points of Transparency, Accountability with Performance Excellence (TAPE).
“Therefore, the redeployment has nothing to do with ethnicity, religion, or any sectional interest. The current NNPC management reflects all the six geo-political zones,” Ewubare said.
The COO maintained that NPDC as the E & P arm of the Corporation was strategic to the achievement of the target to grow the nation’s reserves and production to 40 billion and 3 million barrels per day by 2023, adding that with the President’s clear mandate, the management was prepared to rejig personnel to meet the target.
He explained further that upon assumption of office, an evaluation of personnel was carried out, which indicated incompetence and compromise on the part of some staff which necessitated the shake-up, adding that they also failed to provide efficient leadership for some of the assets needed to reposition the company.
“I must put on record that the changes would continue until we get the right optimal managerial talents for the management of those critical assets,” Ewubare declared.