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Employment: NNPC lists criteria

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…Debunk allegations of favouritism in recent recruitment, promotions

By Our Correspondent

The Nigerian National Corporation (NNPC) has listed unblemished academic competence, logical thinking, ability to engage meaningfully in problem solving, in addition to federal character, as key to becoming an employee of the corporation.

The national oil company also debunk allegations of lack of transparency in its recent graduate trainee employment process as well as top management promotion exercise executed by the corporation.

The NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, in a statement in Abuja, stated that the basic academic requirement for newly employed graduate trainees in the corporation is a minimum of a Second-Class, Upper Division, or an Upper Credit for Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate holders.

He said that alternatively, a candidate holding a Second Class Lower Division degree or an HND Lower Credit Diploma holder, must in addition have acquired a Master’s degree in a relevant field.

He said that was applicable in the last recruitment exercise where qualified applicants undertook computer-based test conducted by a neutral national examinations body, following which the best performers were further taken through a formal interview session to ensure their suitability.

Obateru stated that the end product of the ‘rigorous exercise’ was the new set of employees who have shown a lot of promise since the beginning of the onboarding programme which started earlier this month.

Obateru stated that the end product of the rigorous exercise was the new set of employees who have shown a lot of promise since the beginning of the onboarding programme which started earlier this month including engagements with the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, and some members of top management of the corporation.

He said, “the fairness in the appointment of the new employees was such that many of the new employees expressed astonishments securing employment in the National Oil Company without any godfather”

He relayed the testimonies of a few of the Graduate Trainees who marveled at the opportunities before them amongst others;

“Oluwatobi Ayo Yusuf from Lagos: Thanked the NNPC for the vision of providing a level playing field for all the participants in the recruitment process, describing it as the most fair and transparent recruitment that he has ever participated in, in Nigeria.

“Onianwa Vin-Kingsley: Described NNPC recruitment process as excellently remarkable and urged other private and government institutions to always take a cue from the NNPC in order to inspire confidence in Nigeria youths.

“Onyeulo Ikenna, a First Class graduate of Chemical Engineering: said despite the rigorous online application process for the NNPC job which almost deterred him from applying, he was impressed that he was employed without knowing any godfather anywhere”.

The 1,050 graduate trainees were recently recruited by the NNPC and assumed duty virtually on Monday 4 May, 2020, due to the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Country.

Obateru says the experiences of the long-time employees of NNPC are not dissimilar to those of the new intakes, adding that professional competence, adherence to the principle of transparency and accountability informed the recent top management appointment executed in the first week of March this year.

He further explained that the principle of federal character was also a factor in the progression of the newly appointees.

Throwing more light, Obateru stated that many top management officers of the corporation were moved to new positions while some were promoted based on their verifiable track records of performance, saying some Chief Operating Officers, Group General Managers and Managing Directors of subsidiaries were affected in what some industry analysts described as the most objective placement exercise in the recent history of the National Oil Company.

The House of Representatives had a gee days ago, said it would conduct a forensic investigation into the recent recruitment of graduate trainees by the NNPC with a view to determining how many persons were recruited from the various host communities.