The new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari has been charged by oil and gas workers to focus on obsolete refineries and pricing uncertainties.
This was made known by workers under the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN who added that pipeline vandalism must also be tackled.
According to Mr Lumumba Okugbawa, PENGASSAN General Secretary, who signed the statement, he noted that the new GMD’s appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari was well deserved adding that he must endeavour to solve the challenges of crude oil theft, inadequate infrastructure, pricing uncertainties, obsolete refineries and fuel subsidy issues.
He noted that “the resting of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) is also among issues the Nigerian masses expect the new NNPC board to champion in order to further bolster the economy”.
While congratulating the new GMD, he acknowledged him as a quintessential crude oil marketer with prerequisite certification and outfield pedigree in petroleum economics, and crude oil and gas trading saying that “his knowledge, wisdom, steadfastness, and purposefulness to the corporation, the oil and gas industry and the nation as a whole, is being rewarded by the new appointment,
He added that the appointment came as a testament to hard work, the association having watched the steady and impactful progress made by the new GMD over the years. Also, he said that the union was aware of how Kyari led the team that proposed and managed the Direct Sales and Direct Purchase (DSDP) arrangement of petroleum products from 2016 to date.
Meanwhile, Kyari, a Geologist, until his appointment was group general manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of NNPC and also doubled since May 13, 2018, as Nigeria’s representative to the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).”
Furthermore, Okugbawa commended the outgoing GMD, Maikanti Baru for his contributions to the growth of the industry and effort to ensure stability in terms of industrial relations management and free flow of refined products.