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New Staff Reveal How They Got NNPC Job Without Knowing Any Godfather

In Nigeria, one might think that getting a job as lucrative as that of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) would need connections from godfathers, but new employees of the oil company have said that they got the job based on merit.

Recall, NNPC headed by its Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, had recently employed 1,050 Graduate Trainees.

At a virtual platform session on Thursday as part of the steps taken by NNPC to onboard the newly employed graduates, most of them said that they got their jobs without knowing any godfather.

The session which was attended by Mallam Mele Kyari, saw the employees recount their experiences during the recruitment process.

Safula Karanga from Gombe State commended the GMD for the strong leadership he has provided for the corporation through the completion of the recruitment process and the several medical interventions to the 36 states of the Federation to combat the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Oluwatobi Ayo Yusuf from Lagos thanked the NNPC for the vision of providing a level playing field for all the participants in the recruitment process, describing it as the fairest and transparent recruitment that he has ever participated in Nigeria.

Mele Kolo Kyari, Group Managing Director of NNPC
Mele Kolo Kyari, Group Managing Director o, NNPC

On his part, Onianwa Vin-Kingsley described the NNPC’s recruitment process as remarkable, urging other private and government institutions to always take a cue from the National Oil Company in order to inspire confidence in Nigerian youths that are the leaders of tomorrow.

Speaking in a similar vein, Onyeulo Ikenna, a first-class graduate of Chemical Engineering, stated that despite the rigorous online application for the NNPC job which almost deterred him from applying, he was impressed that he was employed without knowing any godfather anywhere.

Enyi Ada, from Port Harcourt in Rivers State, said her NNPC journey disappointed all her negativity about how recruitment processes were conducted in Nigeria, saying despite Coronavirus pandemic, the NNPC was able to conclude the process seamlessly.

She said: “We are a special people who have been onboarded at a challenging time like this”.

For Bolarinwa Simeon, a Civil Engineer, sounding philosophical, said life was willing to give you whatever you want and noted that the entire NNPC recruitment process was transparent and credible from the computer-based test to the interview.

Suleiman Mahmud said his journey to NNPC was miraculous as he applied on the last day of the submission of application and after receiving his offer of appointment his sick mother recovered from her age-long ailment miraculously.