By Ab’eku ‘kachukwu Abuja
A group by the name PMBs Oil and Gas Progress has thrown its weight behind NNPC’s Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD), Mr. Mele Kyari, over allegations of sale of crude oil from hotel rooms by the Corporation.
Kyari had said the Corporation “doesn’t sell crude oil from hotel rooms as done by scammers”.
According to a recent statement by Ndu Ughamadu, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Kyari who was shedding more light on the scammers’ modus operandi, Kyari said they usually lured their unsuspecting victims with higher discount offers on cargoes, offers of non-OPEC crude specification, crude allocation, presentation of crude oil sale letters as well as conducting business from hotels.
“Some of them even go to the extent of luring their victims to hotels to transact these fraudulent crude oil contracts. The entire public should know that NNPC doesn’t do business of crude oil marketing from hotel rooms, “Kyari stated.
He reiterated that there was only one way of buying crude oil from the NNPC which was through advertisement for the selection of customers who were screened for compliance with the Corporation’s expectations and standards.
“There are very high standards we have set and if you don’t meet them, you cannot be our customer. And once you become our customer, we sign a single annual contract with you”, Kyari added.
Backing Kyari on the issue, the group’s national coordinator, Muhammad Abdullahi said the leadership of the NNPC had done so well within a very short period of time and deserved commendation.
He told journalists in Abuja yesterday that the allegations of crude oil sale from hotel rooms among others leveled against the Corporation were totally unfounded and should not be taken into consideration.
Andullahi hailed President Muhammadu Buhari and the, advising them to continue their good work in the oil sector and not to be distracted by messengers of doom.