The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers have declared its unwavering support for the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru.
The unions’ said their support for the GMD “was based on his ability to walk his talk since assuming office last year.”
The development follows the alleged N9 trillion contract scandal levelled at the GMD by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.
A statement by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, said the National President of PENGASSAN, Mr Francis Johnson, who paid a courtesy visit to Baru said, “The unions’ support for the GMD was based on his ability to walk his talk since assuming office last year.
“”The National body of PENGASSAN and all the NNPC in-house unions are here today to show our support for you.
“You have brought stability to the NNPC and we are happy today that staff morale is high. You were Chairman of NNPC Anti-Corruption Committee for over five years and that was what informed your appointment as GMD of NNPC.
“Today, all the bullets you are taking are on behalf of members of staff. We will continue to pray for you, God will continue to guide and shield you,” Ughamadu quoted Johnson.
Ughamadu said the unionist called on Nigerians to be cautious of their comments on the controversy, adding that any wrong information was capable of discouraging investors from the oil and gas industry.