10 January 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos — Unions in Nigerians Petroleum industry have given the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru kudos for his leadership style, promotion and redeployment of hard working staff.
The Group Executive Council of NUPENG and PENGASSAN of NNPC said the GMD’s recent Management promotions/redeployment has created an avenue for systemic growth noting that it has been the yearnings of the staff and Unions.
“The Group Executive Councils (GECs) of NUPENG and PENGASSAN of NNPC have been following the GMD’s 12 Focus Area drive towards bringing back NNPC to the path of success with keen interest. The recent familiarisation tour of all NNPC facilities by the GMD and the pronouncements made during the visits are clear demonstrations of Management resolve to carry along all stakeholders, especially the Unions at all levels.
“The Unions are highly delighted that for the first time in several years, merit was considered and priority was given to qualified staff within the Corporation. We believe that this practice if sustained will continue to boost staff morale and increase productivity.
“This is highly commendable and the Unions are committed to work with the GMD, Dr Maikanti Kacalla Baru towards any venture that will increase productivity and enhance the welfare of staff.”
The GEC of the joint union body equally thanked the Federal Government under the able leadership of the President and Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for providing them with focused and purposeful leadership in NNPC.
They also said that the plan towards a comprehensive rehabilitation of the three nation’s Refineries to achieve optimal capacity utilisation in 2017 is highly welcomed.
“This is a clear drift from the initial position, which the Unions always rejected, where important national assets were posited for sales as scrap. We commend the proposal to adopt a new model that will bring investors to increase productivity without having to lose jobs.
“The Unions are particularly delighted with the GMD’s welfare programme which tends to address several issues including wage and retirement benefits among others
“As partners in progress, we shall continue to work closely with Management of the Corporation towards achieving greatness and delivering value to Nigerians,” the GEC said.