The new Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari has vowed to put a stop to importation of petroleum products into the country.
“It is painful that nearly all our petroleum products requirements are imported despite the existence of our three refineries, and the numerous attempts by successive governments to encourage the establishment of private refineries. This has to stop.”
Mele Kyari, who took over the mantle of leadership today, July 8, from retiring Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru, said that he would see to the successful completion of the ongoing rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries within record time.
“We will further encourage the establishment of private refineries either as independents or in some form of Public Private Collaboration.
“This we believe will help in making our Nation a net exporter of petroleum products within the life of this administration.”
The new GMD promised to continue with the revamping and rehabilitation of all downstream infrastructure particularly NNPC pipeline network which has been subject of persistent attacks by vandals.
“As a matter of responsibility, the NNPC will continue to ensure availability of petroleum products to our citizens despite the huge challenges associated with this task.
“NNPC will seek to exploit the untapped opportunities in Renewable energy value chain to promote investment diversification in clean energy. This aims at transforming the corporation from Oil and Gas entity to an Energy Corporation.”
Mele Kyari made it clear that he would lead NNPC to the next level by entrenching transparency, accountability and performance excellence, adding that he would put the necessary structures in place to ensure compliance with the new direction he wants to take the Corporation.
He stressed that a new way of reporting the Corporation’s activities will be better aligned with its corporate reorganization and offer more insight into its business.
Mele Kyari made it clear that under his leadership, NNPC will strive to be a more credible, competent and accountable institution that manages the oil resources on behalf of the citizens of Nigeria, in accordance with its mandate and the core persuasions of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, for NNPC to maintain positive image, more transparency, shared values of integrity and professionalism must permeate every level of the Corporation.
“We will put the necessary structures in place to ensure compliance with these principles.”
Mele Kyari said that in next couple of weeks, the Chief Operating Officers (COOs) will join him to unveil the NNPC Roadmap towards Global Excellence, adding that the roadmap will guide the corporation’s aspirations to achieve sustained outstanding performance to meet the short and long term growth objectives of the Corporation.
“We will continue to adopt technology and Innovation to refine our business processes in line with best industry practice, improve efficiency, block leakages and create desirable outcomes that will strengthen the NNPC brand.
“To build this brand, there is need to improve the synergy of teams and commitment to business objectives towards a unified enterprise view.
He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for entrusting him with the enormous task of leading NNPC, the same way he expressed appreciation to Dr. Maikanti Baru, adding that he is proud of the laudable achievements and the accolades which the retiring GMD brought to NNPC over the last three years of his stewardship.
“It is our aspiration to continue on this journey to consolidate these achievements and take NNPC to the Next Level. Going forward, we will seek to continuously entrench Transparency, Accountability, and Performance Excellence across all NNPC operations.”