Kyari is NNPC boss as Buhari rejects tenure extension for Baru – The Nation Newspaper

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President Muhammadu Buhari resisted the pressure to extend the tenure of outgoing Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group Managing Director Maikanti Baru, The Nation learnt on Thursday. Baru, who will attain the mandatory retirement age on July 7, could not get a tenure waiver. The NNPC Thursday announced Mele Kolo Kyari as Baru’s replacement in a major shake-up that affected seven senior managers. It was learnt that despite Baru’s performance, the President decided to stop “tenure extension indulgence” in NNPC. It was gathered that the President wanted the younger ones in the system to grow up and add value to the oil sector. The President, in his capacity as the Minister of Petroleum Resources, was uncomfortable that recent postings of top level officials from their substantive positions to new offices distorted the structure in NNPC, a source said. According to the highly-placed source, Baru was instrumental to the extension of the tenure of some top officials by one or two years. The source said: “Having introduced the culture of tenure extension, some forces had attempted to seek a tenure waiver for Baru for one or two years. But Buhari did not buy such idea. “Ideally, Baru ought to have proceeded on pre-retirement leave but it was anticipated that his tenure will be extended. “The President stamped his feet to put an end to the recurring culture of allowing some officials to enjoy discretionary tenure extension. He chose a new GMD to tell the lobbyists that he will no longer take such nonsense. Read Also: Why Buhari removed Baru as NNPC GMD “Buhari is after a NNPC that will run its course normally with career progression for all. In fact, the last postings by Baru distorted the system in NNPC and the President was just uncomfortable with it.” Responding to a question, the source, who has been involved in the affairs of NNPC, said:  ”With what Buhari has done, henceforth, there will be due process and regard for extant regulations in the administration of the NNPC.” Another source said a lot of administrative disruptions occurred under Baru, which the President was not pleased with. The source said: “There are stipulated gestation periods in every position. It takes a minimum number of years, maybe three years for an assistant director to become a deputy director, and perhaps the same number of years to become a substantive director. Assessments are carried out; examinations are written as part of the grooming process. “But what we have witnessed here in recent years is against the established service norm. More disturbing is the fact that officials so catapulted in the NNPC scheme are not as competent, qualified, or experienced as those they have been elevated over, a situation which impedes morale and enthusiasm “The exit of Baru will surely restore normalcy to the system. Baru may have tried his best but he left a legacy of a distorted system in NNPC.”
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