Abuja - The Management of NNPC on Friday dispelled insinuations that it was not bound by the Freedom of Information Act and pledged improved transparency on its activities.
Mr Andrew Yakubu, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC made the clarification in Abuja at the induction ceremony for the 595 new members of staff.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some media organisations had reported that the management of the corporation said that it was not bound by the new law.
``I want to use this opportunity to address some concerns raised in some quarters about our attitude toward transparency and accountability. We uphold these ideals in all our operations.
``Even long before the Freedom of Information Act came into force, the NNPC had always maintained an open door policy.
``This policy saw NNPC volunteering information to its public through press releases, advertorials and presentations at different forums including at the National assembly.’’
Yakubu said that the NNPC, since the signing of the FOI Act in 2011, had stepped up its transparency and accountability processes and positioned itself for public scrutiny.
He maintained that the recruitment exercise that produced the new members of staff was painstakingly carried out in line with the Federal character principle.
``I wish to restate that the 2010 recruitment exercise which ultimately led to today’s induction ceremony stands as one of the most painstaking and transparent recruitment exercise ever conducted in the history of the corporation,
``In line with the Federal Character Commission’s requirements, Management engaged the Commission for vetting of the recruitment exercise.
``After a series of interface, the commission issued a Certificate of Compliance to NNPC thus bringing the exercise to a successful close,’’ he said.
He charged the new members of staff to be diligent and professional in their duties and key into the transformation drive so as to fast track the repositioning of the Corporation in line with international best practice.
He said that the NNPC was pursuing an aggressive expansion of its operations both in the upstream and downstream sectors so as to boost the economy of the nation.
``As at the last count, the NNPC had increased its number of retail outlets and affiliate filling stations from 30 to over 500 increasing its share to over 16.13 per cent,’’ he said.
The NNPC 2010 recruitment exercise had been blighted with lots of controversies bordering on favouritism and non compliance with the Federal character principle.