Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of NNPC (l) and Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State and Chief Host at Q1 Public Lecture of Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto Photo: NNPC Group

NNPC commends Buhari for ‘unprecedented’ non-interference in operations

*Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, acknowledges the unprecedented non-interference of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Corporation’s affairs, as he tasks the government and institutions on technologies, innovations

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For what it describes as his unprecedented non-interference, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on giving the Management free-hand to deliver on its mandate.

Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Malam Kyari stated this Monday, February 1, 2021, in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria, while delivering the Usmanu Danfodiyo University’s 2021 First Quarter Public Lecture Series, disclosed Buhari remains the only President that has never interfered in the operations of the Corporation.

Dr. Kennie Obateru , Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, in a statement said Kyari was in Sokoto to deliver University’s 2021 First Quarter Public Lecture Series titled: “Navigating Energy Transition and the Imperatives of University-Industry Collaboration”.

The current crop of the NNPC Management was privileged to have a President who has never interfered in what the NNPC does as a state oil firm, stated the NNPC GMD.

He stated: “That is very unprecedented, and it has gone a long way to help us deliver on our mandate, especially the drive towards domestic gas utilisation.”

The statement notes Kyari tasked governments and institutions on the African continent to adopt technology and innovation to achieve energy sufficiency and its economic multiplier effects on their people.

“African Governments and institutions must rise to the occasion to leverage technologies and innovations to support energy sufficiency, industrialisation, job creation and economic growth,” Kyari emphasised.

According to him, the NNPC as Africa’s biggest national oil company which is already building on the convergence of new technologies and innovative business models, is set to play an important role in the future of energy.

He stressed the “NNPC has set the necessary machineries to lead Africa in transition to low-carbon energy and renewables.

“We are taking firm position in this transition by institutionalizing the necessary enablers for success.”

In line with this drive, NNPC has established a Renewable Energy Division and completely transformed the NNPC Research and Development (R&D) Division to NNPC Research, Technology and Innovation Centre as part of its key initiatives to transit to Energy Company of Global Excellence, said the statement.

Kyari also noted that the oil industry alone cannot drive substantial innovations without sustained collaboration with universities, research institutes, manufacturers, policy makers and regulators.

The NNPC Chief stated the Corporation welcomes beneficial relationships with the academia and industry experts who demonstrate capacity for productive research and innovation in the energy sector.

Energy transition cannot be complete without the right investment climate, capital, effective regulation, stakeholders’ commitment, supportive infrastructure, and an innovative business environment that can accommodate the anticipated changes, said he.

According to him, further diversification of energy sources will improve global access to energy and reduce the absolute number of people without access to energy, especially in developing countries.

He advocated the new energy transition must be fashioned towards creating a balanced landscape that supports the development and energy needs of diverse groups of people across the planet.

Kyari maintained that as global energy consumption grows from 2018 levels by about 50% by 2050, oil and gas will continue to be a crucial component of the world’s future energy because the world will keep burning significant proportion of fossil fuels to sustain the anticipated progress and growth, especially in Asia and Africa.

Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State and Chief Host, on the occasion said the NNPC under Kyari was being repositioned to align with the realities of tomorrow, especially as the oil industry awaits the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) by the National Assembly.

Tambuwal also called on the current National Assembly to ensure the passage of the all-important bill, stressing that the lawmakers must not allow the efforts of the GMD and his colleagues within the industry to go in vain.

Earlier, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, Governor of Kebbi State and Chairman of the occasion, in his remarks at the event said NNPC under Malam Kyari has recorded remarkable strides.

Governor Bagudu stated one of such strides were the tireless efforts seen in transforming the Corporation into a knowledge-driven organisation through collaboration with the academia and other stakeholders.

Prof. Lawal Suleiman Bilbis, Vice-Chancellor of UDUS, thanked the NNPC GMD for honouring the University’s invitation despite his busy schedule, and said the University was open to partnership with the Corporation, especially in the area of oil exploration in the Sokoto Basin.

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