NNPC speaks on alleged discrimination in recruitment process 

Dr. Maikanti Baru

NNPC MD, Dr Maikanti Baru.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that there is no discrimination in the various requirements in the corporation’s recruitment process.

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in a statement on Sunday rejected the requirement for recruitment by the NNPC alleging it was an anti-poor and anti-masses.

The association further gave the corporation a 72-hour ultimatum to withdraw all alleged anti-poor and anti-masses conditions in the criteria.

Also, an Abuja-based lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, had threatened to drag the management of the NNPC to court following what he described as “discriminatory” recruitment process.

He vowed to approach the court to ensure protection of the fundamental rights of Nigerians who were qualified to apply but were barred from participating because of age criteria.

However, NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Monday, said, “No, there was no discrimination in the criteria, If there is anything, the corporation is supposed to be commended now that it is trying to recruit to reduce the unemployment in the country.

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“Our criterion was based on carefully thought out criteria of which we carried out a survey to arrive at all those criteria that were stipulated.”

Ughamadu said the recruitment criteria were in four categories, which every interested Nigeria should explore.

“There are in many categories, there are four, if you didn’t meet one category, you move to the next, if you didn’t meet the second, you go to the third and so on.

“For the graduate trainee, we put age level at 28 years, the second 34, the third 37 and the last 40. So, any Nigerian looking for employment that falls within any of the four categories is qualified,” he said. 

He said it was unfortunate that some people after attempting and were not successful alleged discriminatory in its selection process.

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“NANS should pass their examination first and graduate after which they will be qualified for employment.

“What NANS should face now is to study very hard and graduate and make a reasonable degree. They have not graduated yet and they are looking for employment,” he said.

The corporation opened a recruitment portal from March 13 to March 26 and has started shortlisting qualified candidates for the next stage of the recruitment process.