- Senate has demanded comprehensive list of staff from DPR
- This was made known by the chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum upstream, Senator Tayo Alasoadura
- The upper legislative chamber also ordered the agency to provide states of origin of recruited staff to enable it determine if the process met federal character requirements or not
The Senate has ordered the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to submit a comprehensive list of workers recently employed by the agency.
Daily Trust reports that the chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum upstream, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, made this known when the agency appeared before it for budget defence.
Legit.ng gathered that the committee asked the agency to provide names of those recruited, their states of origin and other details, to enable it determine if the process met federal character requirements or not.
It further sought to know why the agency’s overhead cost went down by 50 per cent in the 2019 budget.
The committee also requested for an explicit and detailed presentation of the agency’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and how it is being utilised, as the figures are not contained in the budget proposal.
It further demanded to know fixed salaries of workers in the agency.
In his response, the DPR director, Mordecai Ladan, assured the committee that all requested documents would be made available.
He added that there is nothing to worry about, as the federal character provision and other criteria were used in the recruitment process.
While confirming that the agency recruited over 500 workers, he said necessary procedures were followed in the recruitment.
“When we wanted to recruit, we informed all relevant committees in the National Assembly. Advertisements came out in November 2018, although there were things that needed to be sorted out and that made the process to last for six months and over 700, 000 people applied.
“The interview was conducted after one year. Meanwhile, Federal Character Commission was involved in the process and every state was taken care of in the recruitment, catchment areas were also used,” he said.
On why the overhead cost for 2019 budget was reduced by 50 per cent, the director said it was based on request from the Budget Office, adding that the budget office asked us to reduce the expenditure.
Ladan noted that the agency had a total budget of N39.33 billion, with N681 million as capital expenditure, N592.90 million overhead cost and N38.06 billion as personnel cost. (NAN)
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a group of senators-elect campaigning for Senate leader Ahmed Lawan to be the Senate president on Wednesday, March 27, dismissed claims by Senator Ali Ndume that they were not consulted on the adoption of Lawan by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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