DON’T DRAG NNPC INTO POLITICS, KYARI WARNS
Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, has warned the public against attempts to drag the corporation into politics in the guise of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI).
According to a press release from the corporation, Kyari disclosed this during a courtesy visit by the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Mr Waziri Adio, to the NNPC headquarters in Abuja.
The corporation’s spokesman, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, quoted the GMD as saying that the corporation was committed to transparency and accountability to the Nigerian people.
However, he emphasized that there must be a huge difference between genuine requests for information and malicious attempts to drag the corporation into politics using the FOI law as a cover.
The GMD explained that sometimes the requests are brazenly malicious, and they are laden with political undertones, adding that NNPC finds it difficult to respond to such requests because it is mindful of falling into the trap of being drawn into politics or maligning others.
He disclosed that in keeping with its commitment to be accountable and transparent, the corporation would publish its audited accounts soon.
He promised to make the monthly financial and operations reports of the corporation more accessible by publishing the soft copies of the reports from January to May 2019.