The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, has said the organisation was the first to adopt an anti-corruption posture among all Federal Government agencies.
Baru, speaking at his valedictory address in Abuja, on Monday, stated that he was made the chairman of the anti-corruption committee of the NNPC unexpectedly shortly after the erstwhile chairman passed away.
The event was attended by the Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi; the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu; and past GMDs of the NNPC, among others.
Baru said, “Today, people have been surprised: ‘What is EFCC doing here? Are they coming to carry the GMD?’ He came with a badge for me. My anti-corruption campaign was forced on me by Engr Kupolokun when he was GMD, I (will) never forget it.
“The NNPC was the very first agency to imbibe that government drive of fighting corruption. I recall the passage of the bill for the ICPC was in September 2000 or the assent.
“And the NNPC in October 2000 inaugurated an in-house anti-corruption committee to leverage on that act. So, when people talk about transparency and integrity, the NNPC had always watched out for infractions and corruption.”