By: Nelson Chukwudi
The Chief Executive Officer/Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mallam Mele Kyari has said that the NNPC was a permanent collaborator with the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) as the new company continually adopts technology for cost optimisation and higher professional efficiency, translating into higher value for oil and gas industry stakeholders across the country.
Kyari, who was speaking while receiving a delegation from PETAN, who paid him a courtesy call at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, added that the NNPC values the contributions of PETAN to the Nigerian oil and gas industry, and would continue to keep the association in the loop, especially in its Nigerian Upstream Cost Optimisation Programme (NUCOP), an industry-wide initiative designed to optimise Nigeria’s upstream operating expenses through process enhancement and industry collaboration.
“Empowering collaborators like PETAN is strategic because of ongoing reforms in the NNPC – aimed at repositioning the company to better serve shareholders, including PETAN member companies and all Nigerians and substantial progress is being made in this regard. Our critical initiatives are geared towards stimulating activities back to our industry on the back of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), so PETAN is a major partner to us in our value-added activities”.
He urged PETAN members to be mindful of flurry of activities centred around gas expansion, penetration, monetisation and export as the nation’s transition fuel, saying that the future of the Nigerian energy sector is gas, which is attracting massive investments and keeping the NNPC as the energy company of the present and future.
Kyari, who pledged support for PETAN’s annual #SAIPEC in Lagos as well as the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) – the Nigerian Pavilion of which the association organises in Houston, Texas – added that the new NNPC was undergoing re-branding and needs such platforms such as the two to showcase its new identity to industry players.
Earlierin his remarks, the Chairman, PETAN, Mr. Nicolas Odinuwe, had congratulated the NNPC on its new status and ongoing reforms, and said that the purpose of PETAN’s courtesy call was to extend its members’ best wishes for success of the CEO on his more challenging task and a more vibrant oil and gas industry post-COVID.
He urged the NNPC to renew its partnership efforts with PETAN as well as garner the company’s support for the association’s present and future industry events which has primarily focused on burning industry issues such as harnessing our local content, reducing and eliminating carbon emissions, renewable energy and nurturing collaborations for economic enhancement throughout Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Odinuwe said that as the foremost oil and gas association in Nigeria, PETAN, which has also been undergoing restructuring of its own, aligns strongly with ongoing reforms at the NNPC and wishes for its continued partnership in its local content drive.
“We have come to enlist your support and participation at both SAIPEC, holding in Lagos between February 22-25, 2022 and OTC in May, 2022. Since the onset of Nigeria’s participation at OTC in Houston, NNPC’s presence with her stand in the Nigerian Pavilion and as a major sponsor and participant has brought pride to Nigerians.
“This is also true for SAIPEC. We are therefore seeking your continued presence to show participating African countries and beyond, the Nigerian government’s commitment to the oil, gas and renewable energy sector as well as to showcase your latest and developing ideas and technologies to show that the industry is thriving beyond compare in Nigeria”.
2023: I’m Only PDP Presidential Aspirant To Defeat APC–Wike
Rivers State Governor and leading presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Nyesom Wike,has said that he remained the only PDP aspirant that could win election against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Wike, in company of some PDP chieftains, made this remark when he met national delegates of the Lagos chapter of PDP in Ikeja, last Saturday.
The aspirant, who noted that he was not running to be vice president to anybody, said that if elected, peace, security of lives and property would be prioritised to strengthen the nation’s sustainable infrastructure, food security, prosperity and economic turnaround.
He said the nation needed a strong and courageous leader like him now, adding that with a courageous leader, difficult decisions would be taken to tackle the nation’s challenges.
“The issue now is who can win election for PDP. Who has the capacity to face the APC? Who will win election for PDP? That is me here.
“I will face APC squarely. If you give me this ticket on May 28 and May 29, go home and sleep with your two eyes closed,” Wike said.
The governor said that PDP must do everything possible not to lose the 2023 presidential election.
“If we lose the presidential election in 2023, we can as well forget PDP.
“I have been tested in terms of performance. Mine is ‘talk and do’,” he added.
Wike, who promised to replicate his outstanding performance in Rivers State across Nigeria, said that he would provide a leadership every Nigerian would be proud of, home and abroad.
The aspirant pleaded with the Lagos delegates and leaders to be united and work for his emergence at the primaries.
“I know APC very well, allow me to face them. I am begging you, delegates, allow me. Support me to take the power from APC and bring back to PDP.
“I depend on the South-West, if the South-West gives me the votes, I have won the election. Donate all your votes to me,” he said.”
The PDP chieftain lamented that some party leaders aspiring to contest for PDP presidential ticket now, were the ones that threw the former ruling party into being opposition when they left the party in 2015.
Wike, who noted that he had been with PDP since 1998, said: “I will never leave this party. Whatever I am today, by the grace of God, God used PDP for me”.
He, however, said that he would never leave PDP even if he did not win the primaries, pledging to support whoever won.
The governor, who appealed to the Lagos PDP to end all infighting and division, said that if the party was not united, it would not win in the state.
In his remark, former Governor of Gombe State, Dr Ibrahim Dankwambo, who led Wike’s delegation, described the presidential aspirant as a fearless and courageous leader, with strong capacity to drive Nigeria forward.
Army Bombs B’Haram Commander’s Convoy, Kills Scores, Destroys Gun Trucks
Troops of the Nigerian Army under the auspices of Operation Hadin Kai have bombed a convoy of a Commander of Boko Haram in Sambisa forest, Abubakar Sarki, killing scores of terrorists who were with him.
Sources said the offensive was coordinated by the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Nigerian Army and Commander Sector 1 North East Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), Maj-Gen Waidi Shaibu on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Yuwe location, within the Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.
The Army was said to have deployed a massive artillery gun after sighting eight moving convoys conveying Abubakar Sarki and unconfirmed numbers of fighters in devastating hits.
The source said that based on intelligence information, Abubakar Sarki and his team were heading toward Abu-Ubaida’s camp to engage its rival fighters from the Islamic State of the West African Province (ISWAP), in a battle of supremacy.
Counter Intelligence expert with knowledge of terrorists activities in Lake Chad, Zagazola Makama confirmed the artillery bombing of the BH Commander’s convoy.
“A ground assessment confirmed that three guntrucks with all its occupants were completely destroyed, while the remaining five vehicles, including Abubakar Sarki escaped” the source said.
The source added that the terrorists, however, aborted the mission and evacuated the dead and wounded fighters towards the axis between Pulka and Banki.
The sources said that the troops were mandated to go after the fleeing terrorists and eliminate them completely.
The infighting between the two terrorists groups had intensified with the ISWAP hunting Boko Haram during the day time while the Boko Haram are coordinating reprisal attacks at night because of their knowledge of the terrain.
NDDC Fund, Account For Alleged N700b, Inaugurate Board, Monarch Tasks FG
Barely three days after some ministers resigned, including Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, the Paramount Ruler of Idjerhe Kingdom of Delta State, King Obukowho Monday Whiskey, yesterday, called for urgent inauguration of the already screened and confirmed board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) just as he called on the Federal Government to the over N700billion he alleged has been allocated to investigate the commission in the last three years.
He said these steps by the government would help resuscitate the agency and rekindle hope of the people whose regional resources, he alleged, were criminally plundered by the leadership of Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
In a press statement personally issued by the monarch and made available to journalists in Benin City, Whiskey said, “Having voluntarily resigned as Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, our beloved son, Obong Godswill Obot Akpabio, should come out clean to explain to fellow Niger Deltans the whereabouts of the three years running budgetary allocations of the NDDC which inside sources claimed were more than N700billion.
“For presiding over the ongoing illegality in NDDC, Akpabio is not fit to be president.
“The Federal Government and Akpabio, who held the region perpetually captive and denied her of her developmental agenda because of an inglorious forensic audit that never brought out anything should now explain to our people of our collective regional wealth.
“The father of the nation, Mr. President must have seen now that those he entrusted with the developmental agenda of the oil and gas bearing communities of Nigeria had their own nefarious intentions to swindle and cause more havoc and deny the people their collective dreams of development.
“It is instructive to note, Mr. President, that three options are still available to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The first being the immediate inauguration of the screened and confirmed board of the NDDC under the Chairmanship of Dr. Pius Egberavwe Odubu, and Olorogun Bernard Okumagba as managing director. Secondly, immediate dissolution of the illegally constituted sole administrator that is alien to the NDDC Act 2000, and thirdly, every of the allocation to the NDDC from 2019 to 2022 except for those used for staff salaries and sundry expenses, every other monies of the over N700billion be recovered from whoever were part of the Macabre dance of shame in the past four years.”
The traditional ruler stressed that the inauguration of the already screened and confirmed board would rekindle hope and restore the Federal Government’s integrity before Nigerians and the international community.
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