By Doosuur Iwambe
Federal Character Commission (FCC) has applauded the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for ensuring a high level of gender balance in management positions in the Corporation.
Executive Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Muheeba Farida Dankaka, gave the commendation while playing host to the management of the NNPC led by the Group managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari.
She also congratulated the cooperation on the recent flag-off of the Ajaokuta-Kano-Kaduna (AKK) gas pipeline project. Dr. Dankaka, who informed that her Commission’s mandate extends to equitable distribution of social and infrastructural amenities, said the AKK project was one that could boost the nation’s economy and wellbeing of Nigerians.
The FCC boss also disclosed that the recent recruitment by NNPC was transparent and ensured equal opportunity for all Nigerians, adding that the Corporation fully complied with FCC guidelines in the exercise.
In his remarks, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Kyari, stated that the national oil company, as a responsible corporate entity, has always provided a level playing field for all, thereby granting equal employment opportunity to Nigerians from all classes and backgrounds.
“On the issues around inclusion and the physically challenged, as a matter of fact, today in our employment we have people in wheelchairs, the blind and other physically challenged.
We are one of the institutions of government with the highest number of women in management,” the GMD stated. Kyari said that contrary to false claims in some quarters, each geopolitical zone of the country is represented at the top management of NNPC, stressing that there is fair play in the Corporation’s appointments.