Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

The new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari has said that as the focal point in the Federal Government’s open partnership programme, it is imperative for the national oil company to embrace openness and accountability in all its activities to allow for the full participation of the citizenry.

Delivering a goodwill message at the 3rd African Anti-Corruption Day and Round Table Discussion on Asset Recovery and Return yesterday in Abuja, the GMD said that before now, the Corporation had taken bold steps to instil sanity in its operations by encouraging automation of its processes thus eliminating the use of discretion which is susceptible to corruption.

According to him, under his watch as Group General Manager (COMD) crude oil marketing division, NNPC recorded visible transformation in the management, marketing and sales of the various grades of Nigeria’s crude oil through the infusion of transparency and automation of the processes.

According to him, as part of the reforms, the COMD as at last check had achieved 98% automation of all transactions involving the supply, marketing and sale of Nigeria’s equity crude oil across the world.

“Today, COMD is enabled to achieve an end-to-end monitoring of every barrel of crude oil sold in the country. Thus, at a click of a button COMD can provide information on how much crude oil is sold, at what price, who bought it and where it has gone to,” he said

Mallam Mele Kyari stated that he is committed to a robust relationship between the Corporation and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and to assist the anti-graft agency in its quest to rid the country of corrupt practices.

According to him, it was in the interest of the national oil company to support the EFCC and entrench the blooming culture of accountability and transparency in the NNPC system.

The GMD said the drive to achieve this objective was boosted by Mr President who, in his usual manner, had never interfered in the operations of the Corporation or compromised any of its processes.

Commending the NNPC GMD for his anti-corruption stance, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who declared the event open said it was encouraging to see Kyari and his new management team troop-out to identify with the EFFC and its drive to rid the nation of all corrupt practices.

Mustapha who was the special guest of honour at the event, called on Kyari to keep the FG’s anti-corruption drive alive in the NNPC by sustaining the momentum of collaboration with EFCC.

Earlier in his welcome address, acting Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, commended the NNPC GMD for his interest thus far in the activities of the anti-graft body while pledging to work with the corporation to achieve its mandate of efficient management of Nigeria’s vast hydrocarbon resources.

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