Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mr. Mele Kyari has restated his commitment to ensuring gender equality at the national oil company.
He said the NNPC would continue to work towards achieving the government’s 35percent affirmative action of women in public service.
The GMD gave the assurance in Abuja during a courtesy visit by the management of NNPC to the Executive Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Dr. Muheeba Farida Dankaka.
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 physically challenged, as a matter of fact, today in our employment we have people in wheel chairs, 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.
Dr Dankaka in her remarks, applauded the NNPC for ensuring a high level of gender balance in management positions in the Corporation as well as on the recent flag-off of the Ajaokuta-Kano-Kaduna (AKK) gas pipeline project.
While informing that her Commission’s mandate extends to equitable distribution of social and infrastructural amenities, she noted the AKK project was one that could boost the nation’s economy and wellbeing of Nigerians.
Dr Dankaka added that the recent recruitment by NNPC was transparent and ensured equal opportunity for all Nigerians, disclosing that the Corporation fully complied with FCC guidelines in the exercise.