By Jimmy Lace, Warri.

The GMD of NNPC, Mr Austin Oniwon.

THE South-South Contractors Forum (Oil and Gas) at the weekend called on President Goodluck Jonathan to sack the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Austin Oniwon, alleging that his plot to send some bright South-South people working in the Corporation out of jobs has been uncovered.

The Forum in a statement signed by its President, Deremo Peters from Bayelsa State and the Secretary, Timi Cap from Delta State harped on the need for President Goodluck Jonathan to send the NNPC boss packing before he destroys the oil industry.

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According to the Forum; “The GMD of NNPC, Mr Austin Oniwon needs to be fired by President Jonathan because when the former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke was in office, the NNPC boss has been patronizing the foreign companies like the Acergy, OPI and other multinational oil companies to the detriment of Nigerian indigenous oil companies. Since he became the NNPC boss, all big projects in the Oil and Gas industry have been fully directed to these multinational oil companies both offshore and onshore. The fates of the local companies are being threatened in the face of this.”

“We are imploring the President to sack the NNPC boss so that a more intelligent person with the interest of Nigerians at heart is made to handle the Corporation so that the dream of Mr President for the Oil and Gas Industry can be realized, the Forum said.

According to the Forum, “Recently when the former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Allison-Madueke left office as a result of the dissolution of cabinet, we found out from investigation that a lot of games plan are on to retire our South-South brothers and sisters working in NNPC and we dare ask, “is this because the Petroleum Minister is no longer in office? Mr. President, we urge you to sack the NNPC boss now before he and his cartel destroy the Oil Industry and send our brothers and sisters to early retirement.”

“Mr Austin Oniwon has always been a pretender in the presence of the former Petroleum Minister. If the former Petroleum Minister was not intelligent enough and abreast with the Oil and Gas Industry, the NNPC boss would have destroyed the sensitive oil sector long ago for his personal interest and hatred for the South-South people. We are aware that he never knew that President Jonathan will win the April 9, 2011 Presidential election because he has been working with General Buhari, believing that Buhari will extend his tenure for four more years if Buhari had won the election and change everything about the South-South people working in NNPC, but as God would have it, our brother, President Jonathan emerged the winner of the last presidential election”, they stated.

The Forum further stated, “Now, the NNPC GMD has realized that the President is not likely to extend his tenure, hence he has turned his anger against the South-South people working in the NNPC many of whom he has penciled down for early retirement and we will not accept this. President Jonathan must act fast and sack him.”