By Emmanuella Anokam
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd.
) says it has made a robust plan for the supply of petroleum products sufficient to last beyond the ember months and the new year festivities.
The NNPC Ltd.
said the supply of petroleum products, especially the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), known as petrol, would last beyond the Yuletide and new year festivities.
The Group Chief Executive Officer, NNPC Ltd.
, Malam Mele Kyari, said this when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the President of the Senate, Sen.
Godswill Akpabio, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Kyari, in a statement by Olufemi Soneye, Chief Corporate Communication Officer, NNPC Ltd.
said by the creation of the National Assembly, NNPC was saddled with the responsibility of guaranteeing Nigeria’s energy security which was critical to national security.
“We have made a robust plan for the forthcoming end of the year festivities and beyond.
We do not see any shortages in the petroleum products supply for the period,” the GCEO added.
While lauding the National Assembly for the critical role it played in the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021, Kyari said this legislative endeavour gave birth to a new commercially oriented National Oil Company, governed by the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) principles.
Kyari stated that with the passage of the PIA 2021, NNPC Ltd.
’s profitability margins had significantly risen, growing from a loss position of N803 billion in 2018 to a profit position of N674 billion in 2021.
According to him, NNPC is targeting a profit increase of N2 trillion when the 2022 Audited Financial Statements (AFS) are released, and since July, 2023 the Company has started paying dividends to its shareholders.
He also said the NNPC was involved in the entire value-chain of the oil and gas business and controlled about 30 per cent of the nation’s petroleum downstream retail market.
He identified crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism as major challenges to the Company’s business.
Kyari further said the recent collaboration with the nation’s security services as well as third-party security contractors had been yielding results, mostly in the area of increased crude oil production.
The GCEO said NNPC was investing in several gas and power projects across the country, aimed at supporting the Federal Government’s power generation and industrialisation aspirations.
He assured that NNPC was working assiduously to revamp local refining of petroleum products and collaborating with indigenous refiners to ensure that Nigeria became a net exporter of petroleum products.
In his response, Akpabio assured the GCEO of the 10th Senate’s support.
Akpabio said the Nigerian Parliament appreciated the Kyari-led management for its commitment to ensuring robust petroleum products supply during the yuletide period.
“Nigerians always want to hear good news.
We are glad that you have made robust plans to provide sufficient products supply this coming festive period and beyond,” Akpabio stated.
He also lauded the rehabilitation of the nation’s three refineries, saying that their restreaming would cause a multiplier effect on Nigeria’s economy, in line with this administration’s Renewed Hope Agenda.
===========Edited by Salif Atojoko