NNPC bags transparency awards
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has been awarded most transparent Government Agency of the Year 2020 by the New Telegraph Newspaper.
The award which follows sustained efforts by the Mallam Mele Kyari-led Management at entrenching the culture of transparency in the corporation, was conferred on the agency on Tuesday in Abuja.
Presenting the award, the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the New Telegraph, Mr. Ayodele Aminu, disclosed that the emergence of NNPC as the most transparent government agency in 2020 was based on the corporation’s recent openness and accountability to the public.
Aminu was quoted in a statement by the NNPC spokesman, Dr Kennie Obateru as stating that the noticeable efforts to deepen transparency in NNPC as evidenced by the publication of its 2018 and 2019 audited financial statements was a major factor in considering the corporation for the award by the Management and Board of the New Telegraph.
“Before now, the accounts of the NNPC had been shrouded in secrecy. But Mele Kyari was brave enough to say this is the way we are and let the public see that there is nothing hidden,” he said.
Also speaking, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Kyari, said the corporation has since realized that it pays to be transparent and accountable at all times.
He reiterated the management’s resolve to drive the corporation along the line of transparency, accountability and perfomance excellence, TAPE, agenda, noting that the media interest in the activities of the corporation and the oil and gas sector was a welcome development.
Kyari assured that given the value of the award, he would do more to justify the trust.
“This award would be a major impetus towards our unflinching efforts to change the narrative around the NNPC brand, and will surely imbue us to take the transparency drive to new and enviable heights,” he said.
Present at the award ceremony were: the Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation, Mr. Umar Ajiya, Chief Operating Officer, Ventures and Business Development, Engr. Adeyemi Adetunji, and the Group General Manager, Governance Risk & Compliance, GRC, Mr. Chris Akamiro.