PPPRA Headship: Govt Narrows Search To South-South

The Federal Government may have narrowed the search for the leadership of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, (PPPRA), to South-South candidates, LEADERSHIP can authoritatively reveal.

It would be recalled that the immediate past executive secretary of the agency, Dr. Oluwole Oluleye, was sent packing recently over allegation of graft which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is still investigating.

The development, according to Aso Rock sources, will help balance, to an extent, the appointments by President Umaru Yar’Adua’s government, in the oil and gas sector.

Already, the appointments made into some of the establishment in the oil and gas sector are those of: Alhaji Mohammed Bakindo, Group Managing Director, GMD, NNPC; Alhaji Muttagha Rabe Darma from Katsina, who presides over the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF, and Adefunke Kasali, Executive Secretary, PPPRA.

Today, the PPPRA is being superintended over by Mr. Wole Adamolekun. Beside, Dr. Bello Gusau who served as the secretary of the Oil and Gas Reform Implementation Committee, OGIC, has also been appointed as the executive secretary of the newly created National Petroleum Directorate, NPD, which will replace the Ministry of Petroleum.

The choice of the South-South candidate for the plum job of the agency, we further gathered, was to assuage the restiveness in the Niger Delta region of the country; and to also balance the appointment equation of President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Two key candidates who are in contention for the agency’s job from the South-South at the moment are: Miss Donu Kogbara and Mr. Moses Mbaba. While Kogbara, a freelance journalist from Bayelsa State was at one time an aid of Dr. Abiye Sekibo, when he was transport minister. Mbaba, who is a career civil servant and a pioneer staff of the agency is the agency’s acting general manager, AGM.

He is from Adnoni local government area of Rivers State.