The Acting Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission, Ambassador Abdullahi H. Shinkafi, has described Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as one of the few Nigerian agencies in complaint of federal character, and complies with the provisions of the law and federal government policy on employment.

Shinkafi made the assertion on Wednesday while on a courtesy visit to the NNPC Towers. He said his visit was part of the commission’s strategic engagement with stakeholders aimed at fostering a cordial working relationship. According to him, the commission was working towards promoting national unity by ensuring equitable distribution of all cadres of posts in the public service and equitable distribution of socio-economic amenities and infrastructural facilities.

“NNPC is one of the commission’s stakeholders and it is one of the agencies that have been complying with the Federal Character principles. This compliance needs to be extended to the socio-economic and infrastructure aspect of our mandate which impacts on the lives of all Nigerians irrespective of gender, ethnic group or religion”, he said.

In his comments, the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Mele Kyari, said the Corporation’s alignment and compliance with the tenets of the Federal Character policy is beyond ensuring that every section of the country is represented during recruitment. “The Corporation also ensures that women are represented at the top management level. By our design and policy, we are an inclusive company, inclusive in every respect such that all Nigerians have a sense of belonging in this company through our deliberate recruitment policy and compliance with the law.

‘We even go beyond what the Federal Character Commission looks at to ensure gender inclusion. We are proud to say that gender inclusion works here, even in our top management we do have women represented”, the GMD explained.

He stated that every geo-political zone is also represented at the top management level by deliberate policy, adding: “We are truly a Nigerian company, very proudly Nigerian,” he said.

Chibisi Ohakah

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