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The Nigerian Senate has called for massive sack in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The upper house of legislature made the call in a statement released and signed by its spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, who is also the chairman of Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs.
Although the house commended the NNPC for responding promptly to call by Senator Kabiru Marafa, chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream Sector, it however called for a more extensive shake-up.
The Senate's statement read: "...NNPC should go beyond the sacking and redeployment of a few officials but initiate a comprehensive restructuring of its operations which presently allow officials and other firms to appropriate national resources for their personal use, thereby contributing to the suffering of the people.
"The Senate is appalled that NNPC is not contemplating on doing something about the involvement of officials of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) which actually played key roles in the missing products case.
"It is instructive that NNPC did not do anything on the case until the matter was raised on the floor of the Senate and the press picked the matter up from the motion. The unauthorised sale of 132 million litres of fuel kept in the storage tanks of MRS and Capital Oil designated as strategic reserves is a grave occurrence. This probably is not the first time it is happening and NNPC must review its operations. It should in fact carry out a shake up in the PPMC."
NAIJ.com recalls that the management of NNPC asked four top officials of the agency to leave over missing petroleum scandal.
Those asked to step down were the Managing Director of the NNPC Retail Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue; the General Manager (Operations) of NNPC Retail Mamza Gwadabe and Ibrahim Bello, another official of NNPC retail.
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