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NNPC announces oil discovery in North-East

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the discovery of oil in the north-eastern part of the country.

Samson Makoji, acting group general manager, group public affairs division of the corporation, who announced this in a statement on Friday, said the discovery of oil and gas in commercial quantity in the Gongola Basin will “attract foreign investment, generate employment for people to earn income and increase government revenues”.

“The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the discovery of hydrocarbon deposits in the Kolmani River II Well on the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin, in the North-Eastern part of the country.

“It would be recalled that drilling of the Kolmani River II Well was flagged-off in a colourful ceremony by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 2nd of February, 2019.

Makoji stated that NNPC acquired 435.54km2 of 3D Seismic Data over Kolmani Prospect in the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin. This was to evaluate Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) Kolmani River 1 Well Discovery of 33 BCF and explore deeper levels.

NNPC disclaims impostor of Corporation’s Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power

 

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has advised that individuals and corporate bodies, locally and internationally, should be wary of unscrupulous elements parading themselves as officials of the corporation.

A statement issued on Saturday in Abuja by NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said the warning came in the wake of the claim by a group of dubious individuals to be representing “a Gas and Power Committee” of the corporation, hosting a chief executive of a United Kingdom based company in a purported “office of NNPC” in Abuja recently.

The release said one of the miscreants had claimed the identity of NNPC Chief Operation Officer (COO), Gas and Power, Engr. Yusuf Usman, all in an attempt to swindle the unsuspecting company based in Salehurst, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, UK.

Mr. Ughamadu said the unsuspecting UK entity was saved from an ordeal when it reached out to the corporation’s London Office to authenticate the swindlers’ identity, following the difficulties the company had experienced in reconnecting with the conmen on telephone.

The release said one of the miscreants had given the unsuspecting UK company a fake call card of NNPC COO, Gas and Power, Engr. Usman.

The NNPC spokesperson advised individuals and corporate bodies, in their own interest, to verify the identity of any officials of NNPC from relevant units of the corporation before making commitments to avoid falling into the trap of swindlers.

NNPC debunks reports of pipeline explosion

Mr. Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has debunked reports of an explosion on the Abura Crude Trunk line, operated by the Corporation.

This was contained in a statement by NNPC spokesperson, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, on Saturday in Abuja.

Ughamadu said Kyari faulted the reports shortly after teeing off the 2019 NNPC Upstream Golf Tournament in Benin City.

There were alleged media reports that the pipeline, situated at Otu-Jeremi town in Ughelli, Delta State, was engulfed in flames.

The facility is NNPC’s Upstream subsidiary, operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

Kyari described the incident as a mere rupture on one of the corporation’s pipeline, which would be fixed within three days.

“It was not an explosion. It was a rupture on one of our pipelines. Our team of engineers have since moved to site. In three days, we should be able to fix it.

“We have since contained the spill coming out of that pipeline. There was no fire anywhere on the pipeline. So, there is no cause for alarm,” Kyari said.

The GMD assured the public that the incident would have no negative impact on power supply; and called on host communities to disregard the rumour and go about their normal activities.

He also stated that the Upstream Golf Tournament at Benin would avail members of staff of various operations of the Corporation, the opportunity to work and maintain a healthy lifestyle through the game of golf.

“Our operations require the support of all stakeholders to succeed.

“We see our relationship with Benin Golf Club as very crucial in helping us achieve our key targets of growing production, increasing the nation’s reserves and ensuring lasting peace in the Niger Delta,” he noted

Earlier, Prince Aghatise Erediauwa, the Captain, Benin Golf Club, stated that that the NNPC had an age-long relationship with the Club in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility policy.

“We are very honoured to have the GMD coming down here to tee off this year’s tournament even though he has a very tight schedule.

“We are very pleased and we hope this relationship continues for years to come,’’ Eradiauwa was quoted in the statement as saying.

More than 200 golfers across Nigeria are expected to participate in this year’s tournament, where there will be commissioning of some projects executed by the NNPC at the Benin Golf Course.

NNPC contracts Halliburton to further oil search in Bauchi, Gongola Basin

The Frontier Exploration Services (FES) Unit of the NNPC, the Nigerian state hydrocarbon company, has awarded contracts to Halliburton to run drill stem tests (DSTs) and tubing conveyed perforation (TCP) on the Kolmani River-2, in Bauchi State, in the Gongola Basin, in the country’s northeast.

In the industry, the application of DST (a tool for measuring reservoir flow rates), is usually an indication that the results of wireline logging have signaled that the well has encountered some commercial pool of hydrocarbon.

The company has kept a tight lid on information, but Africa Oil+Gas Report learns that several feet of natural gas and oil may have been encountered, although the case for commerciality is up in the air.

“The sand is better developed at this location and when we were to hang the 9 5/8 inch casing at some few feet deeper than 10,000feet (3,048metres), we were hardly able to find a shale level to hang”, one source enthused. “We are drilling with a water based mud, so there are no issues about the stability of the well bore”. The story changed in the 8 ½ inch hole, according to our findings. The rate of penetration of the drill bit was so low from 13,100ft to 13, 250ft, according to field report, indicating tighter formation.

Kolmani-River-2 is being drilled to appraise the 1999 gas discovery made by Shell in Kolmani River-1. The Anglo Dutch major drilled the discovery well to a depth of 3,000metres (9,842feet), and Kolmani River-2 is planned to go close to 5,000feet deeper, to 4,350metres (14,270feet) than that, even though the location of the appraisal well is updip of the discovery well.

Shell didn’t test the discovery well, but went ahead and booked 33Billion standard cubic feet of gas as possible estimated recoverable reserves, based on some petrophysical results. NNPC, however, aims to collect as much geosicentific data as possible. “We are taking lots of sidewall cores, lots of fluid samples for PVT. The results are looking good.” The new well is being drilled by the Drillog operated Rig 101.

A commercial sized pool of hydrocarbon in Northern Nigeria will change the entire dynamics of politics in Africa’s largest economy.

NNPC boss weighs in on reserves, contract disputes

 

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, has called on oil and gas industry players in the country to support the national oil company to achieve the national aspiration to grow crude oil reserve to 40 billion barrels and boost oil production to 3 million barrels per day.

Speaking at the 43rd Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, in Lagos on Monday, Kyari said that this could only be achieved if players collaborate effectively to ensure timely resolution of contractual issues and the passage of the necessary petroleum legislation.

“To achieve this ambition, huge investment is required across the value chain. We have to attract investment to deploy improved technology in the exploration and production of hydrocarbon from inland as well as the ultra-deep offshore basins,’’ he said.

Kyari challenged industry operators and stakeholders alike to desist from further lamentations of the challenges that plague the operating environment but pick up the gauntlet and confront the issues frontally with diligence and sure mindedness.

On the theme of this year’s SPEC conference entitled: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Mobile Technology: Changing the Future of the Energy industry, the NNPC GMD acknowledged the fact that the emergence of artificial intelligence has altered the dynamics of operations by providing quicker processes and interventions in the conduct of business in the industry made possible by effective deployment of big data.

He challenged industry players to be forward-looking and embrace this approach in seeking for solutions to the challenges that confront the industry.

He said that technology and innovations will continue to shape the way the oil and gas industry businesses and operations are conducted especially in the deep offshore and other hard-to-operate environment.

“Artificial intelligence, big data and the mobile technology will continue to shape our industry in practically unimaginable ways, but certainly the transformations they promise will lead to quantum shift in the delivery of our task,’’ he said.

The 2019 NAICE conference and exhibition was declared open by Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, who took time to visit the pavilions of exhibiting oil and gas companies.

Yemi-Esan commended the companies for great show at the stand while urging them to rally round the Federal Government achieve set targets in the industry.

Dangote dedicates 53% of refinery capacity to petrol

The Dangote Group says upon completion of its refinery, it will dedicate 53 per cent of the capacity to the production of petrol. This translates to dedicating 344,500 barrels of its projected 650,000 barrels per day refining capacity to the production of petrol.

The President and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, said this at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, according to a statement issued by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu.

Dangote also said that the group was not in competition with the refineries of owned by the corporation.

While the Dangote Refinery has a capacity to refine 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day, the consolidated capacity of the NNPC’s four refineries, according to the corporation’s latest operations report on its refineries, is 445,000 barrels per day.

However, the NNPC’s refineries for several years running had hardly delivered up to half their consolidated capacity in terms of crude oil refining.

Nigeria’s four refineries under the management of the NNPC had made no profit since May 2018; rather, they posted losses consecutively since May 2018 till May this year.

The country’s refineries under NNPC management include Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, two plants at Port Harcourt Refining Company and Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company.

Dangote emphasised that the business approach of the Dangote Refinery was to see the NNPC as a collaborator rather than a competitor, noting that the refinery would rely heavily on the corporation’s knowledge of the refining business in Nigeria to achieve its central objective.

He aligned his company with the Federal Government’s aspiration to ensure adequate in-country refining capacity.

Dangote was quoted to have said, “The most important thing for us is to see how we can partner with the NNPC; it is not to see how we can compete with the NNPC. We would like the NNPC to be part of us and we also want to be part of the NNPC. I think that is the only way we can achieve a win-win situation.”

The NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, also stated that the national oil firm was not in contest for market share with the forthcoming Dangote Refinery.

He added that the corporation was rather providing support to the promoters of the project to boost in-country refining capacity.

Kyari stated that as the chief enabler of the Nigerian economy, NNPC had a duty to rally industry players like Dangote Group to achieve the long held target of making Nigeria a net exporter of petroleum products.

The NNPC boss assured his guests that the same level of support would be provided to other promoters of refineries, noting that the ultimate goal was to enhance in-country production to the point of self-sufficiency and ultimately for export.

NNPC posts N6.33bn trading surplus in May

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced a trading surplus of N6.33 billon for the month of May 2019, a figure which is 13 per cent higher than the N5.60 billion surplus posted in the preceding month of April 2019.

Details of the report contained in the May 2019 edition of the NNPC Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR) released today, attributed the modest rise to the increase in gas and power output which contrasts with the figure for the preceding month.

The report made public by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Corporation, Ndu Ughamadu, also attributed the result to the surplus recorded by the corporation’s downstream entities like NNPC Retail, PPMC, NPSC and Duke Oil.

The report further indicated that within the period, the NNPC recorded a total of $580.32 million in export sale of crude oil and gas which is 23.39 per cent higher than the previous month’s figure. Out of this number, crude oil export sales contributed $458.59 million which translates to 79.02 per cent of the entire dollar transactions compared with $342.11 million contributed in the previous month.

The report also showed that between May 2018 and May 2019, crude oil and gas worth $5.97 billion was exported.

In the downstream, to ensure uninterrupted supply and effective distribution of petrol across the country, a total of 2.06bn litres of petrol translating to 66.49mn liters/day were supplied for the month of May 2019.

It was noted that beyond supply, the corporation continued to diligently monitor the daily stock of petrol to achieve smooth distribution of petroleum products and zero fuel queue across the nation.

Within the period, a total of 60 pipeline points were vandalized which represents a remarkable 52 percent decrease from the 125 points vandalized in April 2019.

The Atlas Cove-Mosimi and Ibadan-Ilorin pipelines accounted for 38 percent and 23 percent respectively and other locations accounted for the remaining 39 percent of the total breaks.

The report noted the spirited efforts by NNPC in collaboration with the local communities and other stakeholders to continuously strive to reduce and eventually eliminate this menace.

The May 2019 NNPC MFOR is the 46th in the series designed to provide greater transparency and remove the perception of opacity hitherto associated with the operations of the national oil company.

The new NNPC Management headed by Mallam Mele Kyari has pledged to enhance the current approach to encourage increased citizenship participation and greater accountability to the public.

NNPC, Shell to grow Nigeria’s oil reserves

The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its age-long partner, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), on Tuesday expressed resolve to grow existing business relationship aimed at increasing the nation’s crude oil reserves.

Welcoming the high level Shell delegation led by the Vice-President of Shell Nigeria and Gabon, Peter Costello, to the NNPC Towers, Abuja, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, acknowledged the fact that Shell was its oldest and biggest partner in upstream operations and would continue to enhance the relationship for the benefit of the industry.

He said that NNPC would work with Shell to expedite action on some crucial deepwater projects and create enabling environment to entrench the ideals of transparency and enduring governance framework for the industry.

Speaking earlier on behalf of the Shell delegation, Osagie Okunbor, Managing Director of SPDC and Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, congratulated the NNPC GMD on his appointment while expressing confidence in his ability to steer the industry to enviable height.

Okunbor said Shell was in sync with Kyari’s vision and growth trajectory for the industry as laid out in his blueprint.

He noted with interest the push towards renewed transparency and openness, stating that the essence of the visit was to “underline our unflinching support for you and your team”.

No plan to increase pump price, says NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has dismissed reports that it is planning to increase the price of premium motor spirit (PMS) better known as petrol.

In a statement, Ndu Ughamadu, group general manager, group public affairs division of NNPC, said mischief makers are behind the reports.

During a visit to Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday, Mele Kyari, group managing director of the NNPC, had said it is very difficult to make fuel available at N145.

After this, reports of plans to increase pump price started circulating on social media.

Ughamadu said it was improper for people to conclude that the corporation had made plans to hike the price of the product.

He said NNPC is “not even in a position to regulate the price of petroleum products.”

Ughamadu said what Kyari meant was that “the price of petrol was abysmally low in Nigeria compared to what obtained in neighbouring West African countries.”

“Mallam Kyari had observed at the event that the huge disparity in the pump price of petrol between Nigeria on the one hand and her neighbouring country on the other hand tended to encourage cross-border leakages, as he sought the support of the leadership of the National Assembly to curb the malaise of smuggling,” the statement read.

NNPC cautioned petroleum products marketers not to sell petrol above N145 per litre.

Ughamadu urged Nigerians to report cases of increased fuel price to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in order to take disciplinary measures against defaulters.

We will reposition NNPC to global company of excellence – Mele Kyari

The newly appointed Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mele Kyari has pledged to reposition the corporation.

Kyari said he would make the NNPC to be a global company of excellence to portray the good image of the company.

He made the pledge on Tuesday in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit on the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha in his office.

Accompanied by his predecessor, Maikanti Baru, Kyari expressed gratitude to God for the reappointment of Mustapha as SGF.

According to him, we are here on a courtesy visit to the SGF, and also for the outgoing GMD to formally hand me over to him.

He said he would continue with the good works executed by his predecessor to take the company to the next level.

“We will reposition and we will make NNPC a global company of excellence. As part of the leadership of the company before now, there are good works that my predecessor has done during his tenure and we will continue from there, ” he said.

The new NNPC boss also assured that the country’ s refineries would be revamped to ensure that incessant fuel scarcity was curtailed.

“We will sustain and build on the progress we met on ground and also to ensure that we align completely with the vision of Mr President to ensure that there is peace in the Niger Delta region.

“To also ensure that petroleum supply is sustained in such a way that Nigerians do not cry any more over fuel issues in the country, ” he said.

Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, who was also on a courtesy visit to the SGF, emphasised on the need for harmonious relationship across all arms of governments to reposition the country.

According to Gbajabiamila, my visit to SGF is to come and congratulate him on his reappointment, deliberate on issues affecting the government.

“We are going to have a good executive/ legislative working relationship in the next four years. So what we are trying to do here is to have a good working relationship in both arms of government

“What we discussed today was basically issues that affect government, relationship between the two arms of government, areas were we need to block loopholes, areas were we need to develop,” he said.

This, he explained is all about good governance which would affect Nigerians positively.

In his response, Mustapha assured them of good working relationship in order to have a stable government in the next four years.

According to the SGF, in all the interactions I have had with the outgoing GMD of NNPC, the transition process in itself attest to the fact that we will have stability in the NNPC industry.

Baru blames vandals for Ijegun pipeline explosion, orders immediate repairs

Maikanti Baru, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has blamed vandals for the pipeline explosion at Ijegun, a suburb of Lagos state.

At least two persons were killed while 30 cars got razed in the incident which occurred on Thursday morning.

Speaking with NAN on Thursday, Ndu Ughamadu, corporation’s spokesman, said engineers Baru directed to redress the situation are already at the scene of the fire.

“The fire was ignited when some vandals were scooping fuel from the pipeline,” Ughamadu said.

“We urge everybody within the community to remain calm as the situation is under control. Our team of engineers have resumed at the site to bring the situation under control.”

Ibrahim Farinloye, south-west coordinator of NEMA, told NAN that the safety unit of the NNPC was asked to “immediately” shut down further supplies through the pipeline in a bid to suffocate the fire.

“It is noted that vandals are responsible for the incident and some of them were burnt to death in the inferno,” he said.

“Security agencies have also cordoned off the area and residents of Ijegun have been urged to remain calm. Pipeline fire is a specialised aspect of fire managem ent and not all firemen can handle it.The NNPC safety firemen are specially trained to handle such delicate incidents and that is why NEMA immediately asked the NNPC to mobilise its team to the scene.

“It will, however, take time before the inferno can be effectively tackled and supply to the pipeline is weakened and disabled.”

Oando, Sahara, 12 others win crude oil lifting contracts

At least 14 local, regional and international oil companies that bid for the 2019 Direct Sale of Crude Oil and Direct Purchase (DSDP) contracts have emerged successful.

Although many of the companies applied as individuals, sources at the state oil firm, NNPC, said many of the eventual winners formed consortiums with other applicants to emerge successful, Premium Times said in a report.

According to the paper, the eventual successful bids include:

BP/AYM Shafa Limited

Vitol-Hyson/Calson//Varo

Trafigura PTE Limited /AA Rano

MRS

Oando PLC/CEPZA Consortium

Bono Energy Limited/Akleen/Amazon/Eterna PLC

Eyrie/Masters Energy Oil & Gas Limited/Cassiva/Asean Group

Mercuria Energy Trading SA/Barbedos/Petrogas/ Rainoil Limited

Matrix Energy Limited/Mocoh Oil & Gas/Levene/Petra Atlantic

TOTSA

Duke Oil Company Incorporated

Sahara Energy Resources Limited

Gunvor Limited

Premium Times said it was is yet to verify the name of the 14th successful winner.

Reliable sources at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said on Friday the 14 successful bidders were among those invited to participate in contract negotiations held in London a fortnight ago for shortlisted companies.

The NNPC is yet to formally make public the names of the successful companies.

But, a source who requested not to be named as he was not authorised to speak on the issue, said the corporation may follow a familiar pattern of not publicly announcing winners of such contracts.

On May 3, the NNPC had announced a list of 132 local and international business partners, and potential off-takers and suppliers that submitted bids for the 2019 Direct Sale-Direct Purchase (DSDP) of crude oil contract.

During the opening exercise, the outgoing Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said the exercise was to ensure that qualified companies were engaged, shortlisted and awarded the lucrative contracts.

Prospective awardees, he said, would be expected to possess the capacity to transport about 14 billion litres of products under the DSDP scheme.

The Group General Manager, (GGM) Crude Oil Marketing Division, NNPC, Mele Kyari, had said each of the companies that would emerge as winners of the contract would be allocated some of the 445,000 barrels per day of Nigeria’s crude oil usually allocated for domestic refining.

Kyari, who will take over as NNPC chief next month, said only companies with the capacity to utilise the allocated crude oil to supply petroleum products to the country would be considered for the contract award.

The DSDP scheme was introduced in 2016 with efficient and cost-effective systems and processes.

Kyari said since the inception of the DSDP scheme in 2016 until March 2019, about 29.5 million metric tons (39.6 billion litres) of petroleum products have been supplied under the scheme representing over 90 per cent of the national requirement.

According to him, the scheme has over the years ensured about 84 per cent reduction in product demurrage cost and cost savings of about $2.2 billion.

Buhari appoints new NNPC GMD, seven chief operating officers

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mele Kolo Kyari as the new group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

A release today in Abuja by Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC group general manager, Group Public Affairs, stated that President Buhari also appointed alongside Kyari, seven new chief operating officers.

Until his new appointment, Kyari, a geologist, was group general manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of NNPC and also doubled, since 13th May, 2018, as Nigeria’s national representative to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC.

President Buhari has directed that the New GMD and the newly appointed chief operating officers work with the current occupiers of the various offices till July 7, towards a smooth transition on July 8, when their appointments would take effect to ensure a smooth transition.

However, the appointment of Farouk Garba Said (North West), who is replacing a retiring chief operating officer, is effective from June 28.

The newly appointed officers are Roland Onoriode Ewubare (South-South), chief operating officer, Upstream; Mustapha Yinusa Yakubu (North Central) – Chief Operating Officer, Refining and Petrochemicals; Yusuf Usman (North East) – chief operating officer, Gas and Power and Lawrencia Nwadiabuwa Ndupu (South East), chief operating officer, Ventures.

Others are Umar Isa Ajiya (North West), chief financial office, Adeyemi Adetunji (South West), Chief Operating Officer, Downstream and Garba Said (North West), chief operating officer, Corporate Services.

Ughamadu stated in the release that NNPC group managing director, Maikanti Baru, had congratulated the new appointees.

Kyari is a quintessential crude oil marketer with prerequisite certification and outfield pedigree in Petroleum Economics and crude oil and gas trading.

In the last 27 years he had traversed the entire value chain of the petroleum industry, with exceptional records of performance.

Under his watch, the Crude Oil Marketing Division has recorded noticeable transformation in the management and sales of the various Nigeria’s crude oil grades via an infusion of transparency and automation of the processes, the release by the NNPC spokesperson, stated.

Kyari would be the 19th group managing director of the national oil company

Recruitment: NNPC to hold CBT for shortlisted candidates June 1

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says all shortlisted candidates for its recruitment will sit for Computer Based Testing (CBT) on Saturday, June 1, 2019 across the Country.

Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the corporation’s spokesman, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
He said that the scheduled CBT for shortlisted candidates marked the third phase of the recruitment process.

Ughamadu noted that the CBT would be administered in about 50 centres across the country, saying that those who emerge successful in the test would subsequently be invited for oral interviews for final selection.

“Notification of progression to the next stage has been sent to all shortlisted candidates via text messages and e-mail, while other details such as test centre and time will be sent on or before May 27, 2019,” he said .
Ughamadu noted that validation of credentials of candidates would be a continuous process throughout the exercise.

He emphasised that candidates discovered not to have met the advertised requirements or who had presented false documents at any stage would be withdrawn from the exercise.
He said that the corporation appreciated its management staff members who had contributed to the success of the exercise so far.

He further expressed optimism that others who would be called upon to provide support during the upcoming stages would equally discharge their assigned tasks with the commitment, integrity and sense of responsibility.
It will be recalled that the corporation recently placed advertisements to recruit some categories of new hands to buoy its operations nationwide.

The categories of are: Graduate Trainee, Senior officer and Supervisory Cadre, and Managerial Cadre.(NAN)

NNPC retires, redeploys 30 senior staff

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has confirmed what it described as  recent “staff movements”. However,  it  called  the development  a normal replacement and backfill exercise to bridge the gap occasioned by impending retirement of some management staff of the Corporation, among others.

NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, in a release Monday  in Abuja, explained that the exercise involved statutory retirement of 11 of its senior management staff as well as redeployment of 19 others, saying such replacements were always effected before the final exit of the concerned staff.

Mr. Ughamadu stated that in all 30 senior staff were affected by both the statutory retirements and redeployment.

He gave the list of staff on statutory retirement between 1st May and 31 July this year to include: General Manager, Chad Basin, Aniya Francis Umaru, who is from the north-eastern part of the country and retired on May 6th, 2019; Adewale Solomon Ladenegan, Managing Director, KRPC, who hails from the south-west and retired on May 13th, 2019 and Musa Sulyman Gimba, who is the Group General Manager, NNPC Leadership Academy, who also is from the north-east and retired on May 14th, 2019.

Others include:  Umma Ayuba Musa, who is the General Manager, HR & Admin Services, Duke Oil, from North-west and retired on May 19th, 2019;  Emmanuel–Ate Mariagoretti Ndidi, General Manager, Support Services, NGC, from the south-south region and retires on May 30th, 2019; Tsavnande Thaddeaus Atighir, Executive Director, Operations, from the north-central; Okor Ovieghara, General Manager, Upstream/TA to GMD, who hails from the south-south region; Barau Mohammed Kabir, Managing Director, NGMC, who is from the north-western region; Dawaki Salihi Abubakar, the General Manager NLNG, LIMS, from the north-west; Ibrahim Aminu Bagudu, the Executive Director, ETSD, NPDC, who is from the north-west and Yusuf Shimingah Matashi, the Managing Director, NPDC, who hails from the north-western region retires on 17th July, 2019.

Mr. Ughamadu also named the following to be among the 19 staff that were redployed: Anas Mustapha Mohammed, Usman Faruk, Ali Muhammed Sarki, Osarolube Ezekiel, Ihya Aondoaver Mson, Isah Abubakar Lapal, Umar Hamza Ado, Garba Adamu Kaita, Ossai Uche, Usman Umar, Ehizoje Tunde Ighodaro, Ahmed Mohammed Abdulkabir and Lere Isa Aliyu.Others are: Richard-Obioha Maryrose Nkemegina, Dikko Ahmed, Ibrahim Sarafa Ayobami, Usman Yusuf, Sambo Mansur Sadiq and Buggu Louis Tizhe.

The NNPC spokesman said it was usual for the Corporation to obtain necessary approvals on replacements of retiring staff ahead of schedule, saying this was the case with the recent exercise that takes effect as at when the retiring staff depart at various times within the period.

Ughamadu stated that the exercise was effected to ensure uninterrupted operations of the Corporation in achieving its mandate, adding that extant corporate guidelines were strictly followed in the process.

He advised members of the public to disregard the insinuation that some staff of the Corporation were relieved of their duties, saying the deployments were expected and aimed at sustaining the system.

The NNPC spokesperson urged staff of the Corporation not to be distracted by the report.

NNPC recovers $1.6bn from companies

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, on Tuesday said the Corporation had recovered $1.6 billion from some companies fleecing one of its subsidiaries.

Mr Baru disclosed this in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists after a visit by officials of the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria (CIFIPN)

The Institute conferred an award of Honourary Fellow and Patron to Mr Baru and solicited partnership with the corporation during the visit.

CIFIPN is an anti-Fraud organisation saddled with the responsibility of providing skills to professionals from relevant fields on the use of science and technology to detect, prevent and investigate fraud and also put some measures to prevent future occurrence.

He said its upstream subsidiary fleeced was the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

He also said under his watch, the corporation had made significant progress in terms of fraud detection, prevention and control.

“There is a lot of sanity that has happened in the industry as a result of this. Recently, due to the work, we were able to get the Atlantic companies who were fleecing the NNPC subsidiary, the NPDC, and we got an award for them to refund 1.6 billion dollars to the NPDC, through the arbitration process.

“We have also been able to stem fraud. High profile court cases were being set up to defraud the NPDC.

“If you see the amount of money involved, if you do not have people who are determined to fight corruption, our chances would have been compromised by over 1.6 billion dollars.

“We have had cases, like NNPC versus IPCO, where they are demanding over 400 million dollars, and because of their activities, we were able to settle out of court with them for 37.5 million dollars, which is a saving of several percentages, about less than 10 per cent of the total amount.” he said

Mr Baru added that the recovery was possible as all staff of the corporation and its business partners had imbibe transparency in all areas of their operations.

Commenting on the honours, he assured that he would support the institute with his wealth of knowledge to help boost forensic investigation in the country.

“This institute’s intention is quite laudable and conferment of fellows on me will make me more determined to support them and being a patron will make me to share some of the knowledge I have,’’ he said

NNPC, road transporters move to curtail petrol smuggling 

NNPC, Road Transport Employers move to curtail petrol smuggling 

 

… As Corporation Supplies 2bn Litres of PMS Monthly

Efforts by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to end cross border smuggling of petroleum Products in the country has received a boost as the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has pledged its support to the corporation to end the menace.

National President of RTEAN, Comrade Osakpawan Eriyo, who made the pledge at the National Executive Council meeting of the Association in Abuja on Tuesday said as stakeholders in the Downstream Petroleum Sector, his association would support “any initiative by the NNPC to restore sanity to the Industry and we will be with you to fish out every unscrupulous element in the system’’.

He assured that no member of his association would engage or aid cross border smuggling, hoarding and products diversion, saying the present NNPC management has brought about positive changes in the downstream as Nigerians no longer queue endlessly for petrol at filling stations.

Presenting an award to the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, for Leadership Innovation and Repositioning,  comrade Eriyo said  “we are happy because there are  positive changes in the country’s Petroleum Industry, we support you, if a man does what is right he deserves an award, hence we decided to honour the GMD and his team’’.

Speaking earlier on the state of the Petroleum Downstream, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, represented by the Managing Director of Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr. Umar Ajiya, disclosed that to sustain the present seamless supply of petrol across the country, the NNPC is adding additional 2 billion litres of PMS to its stock every month with effect from April 2019.

He said all products were available and at government approved prices, emphasizing that the price of petrol remained N145.00 per litre, while calling on RETEAN not to allow their members to be shortchanged and report any marketer who contravenes the law to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

The NNPC, he said, had embarked on the revamp of its refineries which began with the Port Harcourt Refining Company, PHRC, in order to reduce the importation of petroleum products in the country.

Mr. Ajiya received the award on behalf of the GMD.

Speaking on the awards, the Secretary General of RTEAN, Comrade Yusuf Adeniyi, said the recipients were honored not ‘’because of the office they occupy but because of the impact of their stewardship in the lives of Nigerians’’.

NNPC has sufficient fuel, Kachikwu assures Nigerians

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, on Sunday assured Nigerians that there is sufficient petrol in the country.

Mr Kachikwu in an Interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said that the country had gone past the era of fuel scarcity and urged motorists to desist from panic buying.

“I can say that there shouldn’t be any reason for fuel scarcity, we have gone past the era of fuel scarcity.

“NNPC informed me when I made inquiries that they imported enough.

“Yesterday, I saw a few pockets of scarcity in Abuja, but I was told that it was Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) related distribution issues, and it will be sorted out as soon as possible.

“So, it is not an issue of lack of sufficiency, I am told they have about 28 day’s sufficiency, two weeks ago, they presently have between 14 and 15 days product sufficiency,’’ he said.

The minister noted that the 28 days sufficiency was okay based on 50 million litres daily utilisation in the country.

“ I don’t expect to see a scarcity, I just expect them to work hard over the next few days to deal with whatever logistic issue they have. I will be working with NNPC on that,’’ he added

On queues building up in some filling stations in Lagos and Abuja, he maintained that the country was wet enough to serve the needs of motorists.

“ I haven’t visited Lagos cities, but the information I have is that there is enough product on ground and we should be able to deal with whatever it is.

“The problem with fuel scarcity is that if you allow it to last for three days, then it builds up a life of its own.

“That is what I have enforced NNPC to do to make sure that it is resolved,’’ he said.

Mr Kachikwu noted that it would have been a major issue for the country if there was an insufficient product on the ground but assured that NNPC would be able to resolve whatever the situation was in a few days.

A check by NAN on Sunday in Abuja revealed that there were no queues in most filling stations along Airport road and Kubwa expressway.

NAN reports that at NNPC outlet, Conoil and NIPPCO filling stations along the airport road, motorists were buying fuel with ease, except at the NNPC mega station at the Central business district, which a short queue.

A taxi driver, Johnson Adio, said “this is not a serious queue, I spent just 20 minutes before buying, it is normal with this station because a lot of people like buying from them.

“It was on Friday that we had a little problem, but it is okay now,” he said.

Also, along the Kubwa Expressway, there was no queue at AA Rano filling station, Shema, Mobil and NNPC stations.

NAN also reports that only a few filling stations like DAN oil along the airport and the Kubwa expressway were closed. (NAN)

Lawyer threatens to drag NNPC to court over recruitment criteria

An Abuja-based lawyer, Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi, has threatened to drag the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to court following what he described as “discriminatory” recruitment process.

Olajengbesi, in a letter addressed to the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, on March 26, vowed to approach the court to ensure protection of the fundamental rights of Nigerians who were qualified to apply but were barred from participating because of age criteria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the criteria for Graduate Trainee among others require applicants to have graduated from an accredited University/Polytechnic/Monotechnic not earlier than 2014.

The criteria also requires that applicants must not be more than 28 years of age as at Dec. 31, 2018.

Olajengbesi, however, pointed out that the criteria and process violated section 3(e)(iv) of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure), 2009 which protected the public interest of Nigerians.

“Following the advertisement for the 2019 NNPC recruitment for Graduate Trainee, Experienced Hires, Senior Officers and Supervisory Cadre on your official website, dated March 13, 2019 of which the criteria for application include that an applicant must not be above the ages of 28, 34 and 37 respectively.

“I wish to express outright disapproval on the above set criteria used by the Corporation in the ongoing recruitment as being discriminatory, segregatory and exclusive to the disadvantage of qualified Nigerians who may wish to participate in the process.

“My disapproval of this age discriminatory recruitment process is anchored on the provision of Section 42 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which stops any person, organisation or body from discriminating against any citizen of Nigeria,” Olajengbesi said in the letter.

According to him, the action of NNPC also violates section 17(3) of the Nigerian constitution which provides for the opportunity of securing adequate means of livelihood and abhors all unequal processes in the labour process.

“The NNPC as a federal entity must be at the vanguard of safeguarding and justifying this provision through its dealings with the public.

“It is rather disheartening that an esteemed Corporation such as NNPC has set itself on the path of total disregard of constitutional provisions, while being an agent of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Groups demand half of NNPC vacancies for PTI graduates

The African Students Education Support Initiative (ASESI) and the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) have called for the reservation of 50 per cent of vacancies in the ongoing Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation(NNPC) recruitment for graduates of Petroleum Training Institute(PTI), Effurun, Delta State.

ASESI’s Executive Director, Mr Chinonso Obasi, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said PTI had over the years produced thousands of graduates with high leveled skills in the oil and gas sector.

Obasi said that concerns had been raised that a lot of non-oil agencies found it hard to employ this graduates as they were assumed to be specially trained for the oil and gas sector leaving the graduates of PTI jobless upon graduation.

“In-line with the recent vacancies as advertised by NNPC, ASESI has made a special request that 50 per cent of these vacancies be reserved for the PTI graduates.

“ PTI isn’t under Ministry of Education like other conventional tertiary institutions in Nigeria rather it is under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and so whenever opportunities or vacancies for recruitment are advertised in some of the oil and gas agencies of government, PTI graduates ought to be given high level of consideration for employment.

“Most of the multinational companies in oil and gas sector in Nigeria like Total, ExxonMobil, Chevron etc have gone further to operating their own training institutes which put PTI graduates at the risk of not getting employment upon graduation, ordinarily, the government of Nigeria was not suppose to allow that to operate as they already have a training institute,’’ Obasi said.

Obasi urged all the qualified PTI graduates to take advantage of the recent NNPC recruitment by applying.

He appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also the Minister of Petroleum Resources, to reserve 50 per cent of the vacancies in NNPC for the PTI graduates.

Obasi said a special committee –Coalition of Nigerian students’ Union (CNSU) had been set up to meet with the management of PTI to discuss further on this subject matter within the next two weeks.

More so, the Chairman of CNSU, Comrade Eneji Mohammmed, who is also the National President of NAPS, in a statement said that CNSU would meet with the management of the PTI before further actions would be taken.

He regretted that the government was not showing intertest in absorbing PTI graduates despite the intensive trainings they undergo with a view to contributing meaningfully in Nigeria’s oil and gas sectors.

“We are confident that PTI graduates will be given high consideration especially now that the President and commander in-chief of FRN is equally the Minister of Petroleum Resources,’’ he said