Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of NNPC

WED 2021: NNPC restates commitment to sustainable environment in oil and gas sector

*The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation will continue to engage stakeholders, regulatory institutions, and global partners to ensure that the environment is preserved for generations to come, says Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of NNPC

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Emphasising the firm’s energy transition programme and support for carbon neutral projects are proofs of that commitment, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has stated that it remains committed to the promotion of sustainable environment across it operations in the country.

Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Corporation, disclosed this this at an event the Group Health, Safety, Environment Department organised to mark World Environment Day 2021.

The global community marked this year’s World Environment Day Saturday, June 5 with the theme, “Ecological Restoration and Resetting Our Relation with Nature”.

Dr. Kennie Obateru, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, in a statement Sunday, June 6, 2021, in Abuja, FCT, stated Malam Kyari said the oil and gas industry, and particularly the NNPC, were conscious of the impact of their operations on the environment, hence, have been at the forefront of efforts at preserving the environment wherever they operate.

The NNPC GMD noted that it was in keeping with the philosophy of environmental sustainability that the oil and gas industry is leading a move towards energy transition and embracing carbon neutral activities.

He explained that “the oil and gas industry is also leading a move towards transition of energy where our activities become carbon neutral.

“It means that we have more respect for the environment, we carry out our activities in such a way that impact on the environment is at the barest minimum.”

Kyari also stated that NNPC and its partners across the industry have succeeded in minimising oil spills and emplaced measures to ensure that even when spills occur, they are immediately contained.

Restoration of the environment is now a first line activity in the oil and gas industry, said the NNPC Chief.

According to him, NNPC would continue to engage stakeholders, regulatory institutions and global partners to ensure that the environment is preserved for generations to come.

The GMD, earlier in a keynote on the occasion, had congratulated Pakistan on hosting this year’s World Environment Day, and expressed hope that Nigeria would be the first African country to host the global event.

Mr. Mohammed Ahmed, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Corporate Services of NNPC, said the Corporation would strive to carry out its business in alignment with the ecosystem.

In the same vein, Engr. Hussaini Alli, General Manager, Group Health, Safety, Environment and Quality, at the event, said there was need for everyone to work towards preserving and sustaining the environment, the statement noted.

Engr. Alli stressed that the objective of the World Environment Day is to sensitise and galvanise people to take positive action for the sustenance of the environment.

The NNPC stated that Pakistan was the global host of this year’s event, which saw the launch of the United Nation’s Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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