Mele Kyari: We’ll Partner EFCC to Transform NNPC
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group Managing Director, Mr. Mele Kyari, yesterday expressed the readiness of the oil corporation to work with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to eliminate corruption, entrench transparency and accountability in the system.
He said in Abuja that stamping out corruption, transforming NNPC into a global company, promoting integrity and rendering satisfactory services to the citizenry in the most efficient way would be the priorities of the management under his watch.
Kyari spoke while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari along with his predecessor, Dr. Maikanti Baru.
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He said his team was determined to justify the confidence reposed in it by the president who appointed him and in the next four years when the president would be leaving office, the management would have transformed NNPC into the hub of the Nigerian economy.
On corruption, Kyari said he would work closely with anti-graft agencies, notably the EFCC, to fight corruption in the corporation, adding that the NNPC’s system would be automated to ensure that avenues for corruption are blocked.
“We are going to work with EFCC and other institutions that are involved in controlling and containing any form of corruption in our system. This is in line with Mr. President’s cardinal principle to contain corruption so that this country can benefit from its resources.
“There will be corruption where there is no discretion. So, we will automate our systems and processes so that discretion is reduced to the barest minimum.
“We need the help of EFCC wherever we see infractions in our systems, compromise in our systems,” he stated.
On his part, Baru who said he expected the new leadership team in the NNPC to double the achievements that his own team recorded, added that he expected the new team to hit the ground running and stabilise the system.
Baru said while he was not trying to set a target for the new team, he hoped that it would transform the corporation into the largest in Africa with the capacity to supply petroleum products to neighbouring countries.
According to him, they visited the president, who in his first time was the substantive oil minister, as part of the handover process. He added that the meeting was also necessary because Kyari and his men needed the president’s blessing.