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Rumbles in NNPC over major changes


Oil and gas stakeholder’s yesterday, faulted last weekend’s appointment and redeployments made by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)  Group Managing Director (GMD), Mr. Maikanti Baru, stressing that due process was not followed before the announcement was made.

The NNPC boss had announced the appointment Mr. Ndu Ughamadu as Group General Manager,  Group Public Affairs Division, replacing Mr. Muhammed Garba Deen, who had been functional in that capacity since March 2016.

Ughamadu was coming back as NNPC’s spokesperson, 13 years after working in similar capacity in the organisation.

The negative stakeholders’ outburst came barely a fortnight after many alleged that NNPC management unilaterally adjusted the pump price of petrol at its retail outlets across the country from N141 to N145 per litre, without authorisation from the supervising ministry.

Commenting on the purported increase, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, said, “First, I am not aware that the NNPC has increased price. I need to look into that. It is a bit of a surprise for me, because there are processes in doing this, if they have done that, it means they are doing it wrongly. Let me find out what the facts are,” he stated.

Daily Sun learnt that the NNPC boss in the latest changes in key management positiions also by-passed Kachikwu to get the President Buhari’s approval, a decision that did not go down well with the Minister and some of the affected staff in the corporation.

A source told Daily Sun that the changes, which the management said were in line with the realignment strategies of the organisation involved about 109 members of staff including Mr. Garba Deen, who has since been redeployed as General Manager, Communication Policy and Strategy.

A source in the NNPC said the realignment is designed to position the corporation as a world class state oil firm comparable to its peers across the globe.

Recall that in the last two years, the Corporation has had three spokespersons in quick succession, a development stakeholders say signals an uncoordinated approach of its media communication strategy.

‘‘I think something is wrong with the GPAD of NNPC. They keep changing the spokesperson. That tells me that they are not getting the right approach about their media communication strategy. I don’t want to believe this is politics related.

‘‘If someone that served in similar capacity 13 years ago could be brought back to mount the saddle, then that sends a wrong signal to both the internal and external publics of NNPC. And something should be done about this fast in order to stem this negative trend which I believe is not good for the image of the Corporation, said some stakeholders, who pleaded anonymity.

In April 2014, the NNPC had appointed ace broadcaster, Mr. Ohi Alegbe as its spokesperson. But by March 2016, he was named the Group General Manager (GGM), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and replaced with Garba Deen a former President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).

The new spokesman had held the position under former Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Mr. Jackson Gaius-Obaseki in 2002, but was relieved of his appointment by Funso Kupolokun, who replaced Obaseki in 2003.

Until his appointment, Ughamadu was the GGM, Government and Labour Relations, in the office of the GMD.

The new spokesperson had a long career in journalism. He was an economic analyst Management Group International, Lagos, 1982. Economic Reporter, News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) 1982-1993. Staff writer, Business Times, 1983-1986, Group Energy Correspondent Daily Times; 1986-1988, Business Editor, 1988-1990. Consultant, African Trade Promotions Organisation, Tangier, Morocco, 1991.  Advisor, Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Lagos, since 1992.

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12-year-old boy kills landlady as condition to be initiated into a cult

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A 12-year-old boy, who allegedly robbed and killed his landlady at Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday, was among those paraded for various offences by the state Police Command, yesterday.


The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Mohammed, who briefed reporters on the arrest of over 60 kidnappers, robbers, murderers, cultists and ritualists in the last three weeks, said the teenager confessed that he committed the act because a cult group told him that one of the conditions for initiation was that he must have been involved in a criminal act.

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, comes to Falz defence with regards to statement about glorifying fraudsters

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Nigerian professional footballer, Asisat Oshoala, who plays as a forward in the Chinese Women’s Super league for Dalian Quanjian F.C., took to her Instagram to express deep concern about how people are now proud to be fraudsters.



In Falz’ defense, she insisted fraudsters shouldn’t be glorified.

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Zimbabwean Church leader in s*x scandal as photos naked photos and sex acts with 33 girls is exposed

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A Zimbabwean church leader, Nyasha Light Nyatsungo is enmeshed in a sex scandal and might also be facing legal action, after his ex-girlfriend flooded social media with his nude photo.
It was gathered that the Nyatsungo allegedly sent a nude picture of his Cape Town based ex–side chick, Shingi Mavenge, to his other girlfriend only identified as Beula who later broadcasted it on social media.
According to H-Metro, in an apparent fit of rage, Mavenge posted a WhatsApp chat she had with Nyatsungo’s wife identified as Nyasha Nhahumbi as well as a group chat with some of her former lover’s concubines.
According to Mavenge, she has gotten information that Nyatsungo has at least 33 girlfriends and has ditched his wife of eight years.
She adds that Nyatsungo bedded a girl who was their neighbour as well.
Mavenge said that the church leader’s wife revealed that they even consulted their local pastor in Mutare who failed in his attempts to mend Nyatsungo’s ways.
According to H-Metro, Nyatsungo, a married father of two, has denied ever circulating the picture, labelling Mavenge as a bitter woman whom he just flirted with on Facebook and nothing more.
“This Nyasha guy must be stopped in his tracks. He is going to pay for all the damage that he has done to me. He was the only one who had that leaked picture and I am shocked why he would forward it to some other girl,” fumed Mavhenge who is working on taking legal action.
“I started dating this guy in 2015 and never knew he was married. He lied.”  fumed Mavenge yesterday.
“That guy is full of lies and at some point, we opened a group chat with his wife and some of his girlfriends. He normally targets single mothers” added Mavenge.
H-Metro was furnished with six other cellphone numbers of his girlfriend that include Fadzai, Mutsa, Essy, Juliana, Barbra among others. Mutsa confirmed she once had a relationship with Nyatsungo have since terminated it since she discovered he was married.
Mavenge confirmed they met once in Johannesburg when she had to fly from Cape Town to meet her man sometime in April.
“That night he didn’t even have money. I had to pay the R800 for the accommodation as he had no money. He wanted to have sex with me but I flatly refused. He even wanted it without protection and I said No. he looked terrible with clothes in a plastic shopping bag. I want to write a letter to Pastor Rex who is the head of (the church) in Harare so that this guy be stopped with his tricks and lies,” added Mavenge.
When contacted over the phone in Mutare Nyatsungo confirmed he knew Mavenge but never had a relationship with her.
“I know her and we once flirted on Facebook. We never had a relationship as she is alleging. I don’t know why she is bitter. I haven’t seen the nude pictures she is talking about but I heard about it from Beula. We live in a democratic country. She can go ahead and sue me if she feels her rights have been infringed upon. All the allegations she is making are false and I don’t know her motive in trying to tarnish my image,” said Nyatsungo.
He said he was still with his wife whose phone rang without response yesterday afternoon. Despite his denials, H-metro was furnished with pictures of Nyatsungo and Mavenge, the time they met in April.

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