The oil Association became infuriated over the story on NNPCL’s management, saying the oil sector is now stabilized.
Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has lambasted a controversial online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, over a report against Group Chief Executive Officer of The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL, Mele Kyari; Chief Financial Officer, Umar Ajiya, and some other top officials of the company.
Recall that Sahara Reporters had exclusively reported how Kyari and Ajiya allegedly paid themselves billions of Naira as gratuities while still in active service.
Although the NNPCL management reacted to the allegations, the IPMAN countered the online newspaper, accusing it of being sponsored by some disgruntled Nigerians to destabilize the country.
In a statement by IPMAN Chairman, Northern region, Alhaji Bashir Ahmad Dan-Mallam in Kano on Friday, the association and Arewa Oil and Gas Marketers Association cautioned Sahara Reporters against dragging NNPCL into its shady deals for its paymasters.
IPMAN blasts Sahara Reporters
According to Dan-Mallam, since the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act, PIA in 2021, the management of NNPCL “has worked tirelessly to give implement to the letter the following core objectives of the PIA as stipulated in chapter 1 of the act;
(b) establish a framework for the creation of a commercially oriented and profit-driven national petroleum company ; (c) promote transparency, good governance and accountability in the administration of the petroleum resources of Nigeria ; (d) foster a business environment conducive to petroleum operations; and (e) deepen local content practice in Nigeria oil and gas industry.
“As a result, we, the operators and NNPCL major stakeholders,s can testify that the company has carried us along every inch of the journey and has strong supply and distribution channels of the oil and gas industry and worked with all of us in its reform journey.
“Today, supply has consistently steadied, and prices have guaranteed fair returns for our members, ensuring we get intervention products whenever natural events or unforeseen circumstances cause glitches in the supply and distribution channels, etc.
“NNPCL has ensured transparency in its reform journey, and the country is tirelessly informed of any milestones. Today, we are happy that the new govt is inheriting a brand new national oil company branding for the future ahead,” Dan-Mallam said in the statement.
These disgruntled elements have moved from the political scene to the economic sphere to bring to fruit their nefarious intentions of disrupting a peaceful transition of power come May 29.
The Chairman noted that the NNPCL had, beyond all expectations, concluded the implementation of its transition to a viable commercial entity as stipulated by the PIA 2021.
IPMAN blasts Sahara Reporters
He pointed out that Sahara Reporters and its paymasters “are not happy that the giant strides of the new NNPCL and want to use it to bring the country to the brink of crisis by spreading wicked and malicious lies and disinformation.”
“We call on the DSS to note these campaigns of calumny as part of the grand plan of those with the intent on a power grab haven lost in the polls.
“Be that as it may, the DSS will not tolerate a situation where persons and/or groups take laws into their hands and champion anarchy. Therefore, those peddling fake news, hate speech and all forms of false narratives as a basis to ignite violence or pit the people against the present or incoming administrations at the Federal, State and Parliamentary levels should stop forthwith.
“The above quotation from our patriotic and ever-vigilant DSS sums up the recent fake news peddled by Sahara reporters when they attacked the management of NNPC limited as a part of the larger grand design to attack the govt from all angles and scuttle the inevitable handover of power to a duly elected administration on May 29.
“We, the members of the Arewa oil and gas marketers association, have noted with disgust the attempt by Sahara reporters on behalf of their co-conspirators to drag NNPCL into they and their paymaster’s grand scheme of causing confusion and alarm in our thriving industry that has been stabilized by the commitment and hard work of NNPL management.
“The harbingers of instability and peddlers of fake news have concocted another false narrative calculated to instil fear and discredit the tireless efforts of the government and NNPC’s management to stabilize the petroleum industry as the bedrock of the Nigerian economy,” he added.
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