10 May 2018, Sweetcrude, Abuja — The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Tuesday, stated that since the advent of the present administration, the corporation was no longer lacking in transparency.
Speaking at the stakeholders’ workshop on validation by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, stated that currently, the NNPC can be said to rank as one of the most transparent companies in Nigeria.
Represented by Dr. Mele Kyari, Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of the NNPC, Baru that the NNPC had passed the stage of wrongdoing and had entrenched transparency in every area of its operations.
He said, “We have never had it good in this country since the last two years, in terms of transparency of our transactions, validation of our activities; the unfettered, unobstructed participation of the secretary to the government, who has never asked us to do anything different.
“Today, we need to get people out of the mindset that something wrong is happening in the NNPC. Nothing wrong is happening. We have passed that stage. We are now probably one of the most transparent companies in this country.
“We have seen a number of governments, worked with a number of them; but probably in the two years, we have not had the opportunity to put our cards on the table as we did in the last two years.
“That makes it easy for us to align with the EITI’s objectives and opportunities that are there to do even greater things for our country. Most particularly, I’m sure our colleagues in the NGOs would recognize today, that things are just different and together all of us will make our country greater and I believe this is the core objective of the EITI. I am assuring the EITI Board and all stakeholders that things are different.”