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NNPC appoints Obateru new spokesperson, sacks 400 staff

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Thursday, appointed Mr. Kehinde Obateru, as the new spokesperson for the corporation, while it sacked over 400 senior staff nationwide.

The appointment of Obateru and the sack would take effect from today, Thursday.

According to a source in the NNPC, the sack affected mainly staff who were scheduled to retire between now and 2022.

He added that the NNPC also engaged some staff and promoted others, who were scheduled to resume today also.

The source added that prior to his appointment as the new Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Obateru was the spokesperson for the NNPC London office.

He would be replacing Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, who retired last September and would also be taking over from Mr. Samson Makoji, who had been the Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, since after the exit of Ughamadu.

The source added that Obateru would be replaced in the NNPC London office, by Mr. Gboyega Bello, who had been promoted, General Manager of the Group Public Affairs Division.

The source also noted that there were a few promotions and redeployments among the top hierarchy of the corporation, while they alleged that some of the disengagements and redeployment were not justified.

However efforts to get the views of the outgoing spokesperson of the NNPC, Mr. Samson Makoji, did not yield any result, as he refused to answer calls and respond to a text message sent to his phone.