The Convener of Concerned Nigerians for the protection of Human Rights and Rule of Law Initiative, Deji Adeyanju has kicked against the appointment of Senator Ifeanyi Ararume as chairman of Board, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.
The activist in a statement described Ararume’s appointment as a travesty. President Muhammadu Buhari who serves as the Minister of Petroleum Resources had approved the appointment of Ararume as chairman of board of the newly incorporated Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.
Adeyanju while reacting to the appointment of Ararume as chairman of Board said, “The All Progressives Congress, APC we believe has more qualified technocrats and well experienced players in the oil and Gas industry as members that could have been appointed as the chairman of Board of the country’s mainstay source of revenue”.
“The Nigeria’s oil and gas sector represents about 65% of government revenues and such sensitive sector ought to be superintended by a competent person who has the requisite knowledge and experience of the industry instead of appointing Ararume whose only major achievements is being a Senator and managing a supermarket”.
“Ordinarily, after the incorporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited as a business entity, one would have thought that the president would appoint a business oriented technocrat with a vast knowledge in oil and gas to pilot the affairs of the company but alas, the rudderless government of President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal government opted for a politician with zero experience in oil and Gas industry”.
“The appointment of Ararume whom former president Olusegun Obasanjo in 2011 described as the “Big Thief” has brought to the fore, President Muhammadu Buhari’s penchant for outlandish and unconventional methods of appointing cronies and men of questionable characters”.
“We call on the President to as a matter of urgency, reverse the appointment of Senator Ararume as chairman of Board, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited as it goes against reason and logic”.