The Department of Petroleum Resources has denied the purported employment of Bashir Ahmad, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari as the manager/supervisor of the National Production Monitoring System.
A letter of appointment has been trending on social media. Part of the letter stated that Ahmad has been appointed “as the manager/supervisor of the National Production Monitoring System under the downstream monitoring and regulatory department on GL 05, S1 on contributory pension scheme in line with the Pension Reforms Act 2004 as (amended) 2014.”
The letter also pegged his salary as N437,000.000 for the three months role.
However, the DPR urged Nigerians to dismiss the letter, adding that it was the handiwork of mischievous persons, who want to trend fake news on social media.
A statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs, Paul Osu dismissed the appointment letter, adding that its recruitment process adheres to the rules guiding the Nigerian Public Service.
Part of the statement read, “The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) attention has been drawn to a fake letter of appointment circulating on social media purportedly issued to one Bashir Ahmad.
“We hereby advise members of the public to disregard the purported letter in its entirety as it is not from DPR.”
Ahmad also debunked the alleged appointment, insisting that the story is false.
He tweeted, “A friend sent me a link to a concocted story from an online news blog that the President has quietly appointed me as a manager of the DPR, a department of Ministry of Petroleum Resources, for those who want to know the truth, the story is 100% FALSE. I am not a staff of the DPR.
“I don’t even know where DPR office is, the only thing I know (is that) it is in Lagos. That’s all.”