The former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru yesterday revealed that the corporation was the first to adopt an anti-corruption posture among all Federal Government agencies.
Baru said this at his valedictory address in Abuja saying he was the chairman of the anti-corruption committee of the corporation shortly after the former chairman passed away.
Apparently, Baru’s tenure as the GMD of the NNPC ended as he reached the statutory age of 60 on July 7, 2019, and as part of his retirement, a valedictory session was organized in his honour which held at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.
The event was attended by the Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu and past GMDs of the NNPC, among others according to Punch.
According to Baru, “The NNPC was the very first agency to imbibe that government drive of fighting corruption. I recall the passage of the bill for the ICPC was in September 2000 or the assent. And the NNPC in October 2000 inaugurated an in-house anti-corruption committee to leverage on that act. So, when people talk about transparency and integrity, the NNPC had always watched out for infractions and corruption.”
He was the 18th GMD of the corporation and handed over to Mr. Mele Kyari who becomes the 19th GMD of the NNPC.