By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
The new Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mallam Mele Kyari, on Tuesday, said his administration will automate all the NNPC systems to stamp out corruption in the sector.
He made this known to journalists after he met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kyari assumed office on Monday, after a formal handing over ceremony by the immediate past GMD, Dr. Maikanti Baru at the NNPC Towers.
The new GMD who spoke to State House correspondents on Tuesday, alongside his predecessor, Dr. Baru, said that he was aware of the enormous responsibility before him and promised not to disappoint President Buhari and the country on the confidence reposed in him.
He said that he would work closely with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to fight corruption in the corporation.
“We are going to work with EFCC and other institutions. Institutions that are involved in controlling and contending any form of corruption in our system.
“This is in line with Mr. President’s cardinal principle to contain corruption so that this country can benefit from its resources.
“There will be corruption where there is no discretion. So we will automate our systems and processes so that discretion is reduced to the barest minimum.
“We need the help of the EFCC wherever we see infractions in our systems,” Kyari added.
On the expected responsibility, he said, “It is clear, I was part of the team that has been working assiduously since he (former GMD) resumed office.”
He boasted that he understood the gravity of the assignment given to him, the trust associated with the work and the high expectations of Mr President for them to make the corporation a global brand of excellence and to deliver to the citizenry the benefits of the oil and gas industry.
Speaking further, Kyari said: “We are focused on ensuring that we deliver this in the shortest possible time and in the most efficient way. I assure all of us that we will do this work with integrity. I will ensure that by 2023 Mr. President will look back and confirm that he has not misplaced his trust first of Dr. Baru and transferring it to us is a testament of the confidence Mr. President has for the corporation.
“We will make sure at the end of the day that the corporation becomes an integrator of the economy.”
Also speaking, Baru said it was his expectation that the new management of NNPC would do more than double what he did.
He said, “I am not setting a high target for them but I know this team are the jet factor fellows, that will zoom up, dive, come back and steady the corporation and make sure it becomes definitely the largest in Africa and make serious contribution to Nigeria’s economy.
“We expect where we have stabilize the supply of fuel to the economy, they will make sure they start exporting products to Neigbouring countries. I am so convinced that this team will deliver.
“The purpose of coming to see Mr. President is to carry out a symbolic handover of the new team led by Mallam Melee Kyari to Mr. President.
“No matter what we did in terms of transition, they have their own programmes and vision of what they want to do. We are now the airbus pilots that are relaxing and cruising at an altitude and you cannot give them a vision of the jet fighter pilot that the NNPC requires.
“They will engage Mr president at the appropriate time and get his blessing. I spent 1,099 days on the saddle of the corporation and can’t wait to present young vibrant team.”
On involvement of private marketers in kerosene products, Baru gave reasons the corporation allowed private marketers to be involved.
He said: “Kerosene is all over now. When we came there was so much difference between what we were selling kerosene and what was available. Fuel at depots when we came on board was N76 per liter but it was settling between 250-300, so the common man was not getting the kerosene.
“So all what the government and NNPC was doing was bleeding and we resolved to make it available. That was why we invited the private sector to come in; NNPC stepped back and they were selling at N210 per liter.
What we did was to allow the market forces to determine the price.”
Fuel Queues: NNPC Has 2bn Litres in Stock, Says Coy
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) says it has two billion litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) In stock.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Adeyemi Adetunji, Executive Vice President, Downstream, NNPC Limited.
Adetunji said the stock of over two billion litres is equivalent to over 30 days sufficiency.
The NNPC, he said, has programmed vessels and trucks to unconstrained depots while massive loadouts from depots to states are closely monitored to ease fuel queues.
“The recent queues in Lagos are largely due to ongoing road infrastructure projects around Apapa and access road challenges in Lagos.
“The gridlock is easing out and NNPC Ltd has programmed vessels and trucks to unconstrained depots and massive loadouts from depots to states are closely monitored,” he said.
Adetunji said that Abuja was impacted by the challenges recorded in Lagos, adding that NNPC retail and key marketers had intensified dedicated loading into Abuja to restore normalcy.
“We want to reassure Nigerians that NNPC has sufficient products and we significantly increased products loading in selected depots and extended hours at strategic stations to ensure sufficiency nationwide.
“We are also working with industry stakeholders to ensure normalcy is returned as soon as possible,” he said. (NAN)
Reps Committee Quizzes AGIP Oil over Alleged Tax Evasion
The House of Representatives ad hoc committee on Joint Venture (JV) on Wednesday quizzed the Nigerian Agip Oil Company Ltd over alleged tax evasion.
Rep. Abubakar Fulata, the Chairman ad hoc Committee investigating the Structure and Accountability of JV Business and Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) of the NNPC said it was not out to witch-hunt anybody.
He added that it be would be unfair for oil companies to evade taxes at a time the country was borrowing to fund budget.
He said almost all the oil companies in the country had no Certificate of Acceptance of Fixed Assets (CAFA) yet they had been enjoying capital allowance claims in violation of the nation’s law.
The committee said the oil companies did not have the right to choose the law their would, adding that ignorance of the law could not in any way be absolved.
The committee asked the representative of Agip if in the course of operations they had not short-changed the nation by way of profit tax and capital allowance
The representatives of Agip which was led by Director, and General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr.Barry Nwibani said over the years they relied only on Petroleum Tax Act for payment of taxes.(NAN)
Fuel Scarcity: MOMAN, NNPCL Collaborate to Improve Distribution – Official
The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) says it is working with the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd., to improve the distribution of petrol across the country.
Mr Clement Isong, Chief Executive Officer of MOMAN, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos on Saturday, against the backdrop of the current scarcity of petrol and long queues at filling stations.
Isong said the association had been holding a daily logistic emergency meeting with the downstream management of NNPCL on how to improve the supply of petrol.
According to him, the collaboration with NNPCL will enhance the distribution of petroleum products in the country.
“We are doing depot to depot check-in and check-out to enhance efficiency, also having logistic supply meetings with NNPCL.
“There is also collaboration among our members to cushion supply to various MOMAN’s stations.
“We arranged it in a way that any MOMAN member who does not have product can pick from fellow members’ depot to minimise supply gaps,” he said.
Isong also said the effort was to improve the supply of petrol at filling stations across the country.
“NNPCL had an operational meeting with MOMAN to ensure that products are effectively distributed across the country.
“The logistics meeting was to ensure adequate distribution of products to stations across the country,” he added.
The helmsman said MOMAN members would be working late and during the weekend to bridge product supply gaps.
He said MOMAN had been pushing out more products than it normally did.
He added that the scarcity was as a result of delay experienced at the point of receiving products from offshore to onshore at the port.
He, however, said the logistics challenge had been resolved and members were currently trucking out products.
However, the oil marketers and petroleum depot operators, under the aegis of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN), called for quick intervention by the Federal Government.
Its Chairman, Mrs Winifred Akpani, urged the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to comply with the Federal Government’s directive to end payment of port charges in dollars for petroleum products brought into the country.
Akpani maintained that accessing forex through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) window would enhance their capacity, facilitate seamless supply of petrol, and birth a regime of sustainability in terms of storage, distribution and supply across the nation.
“DAPPMAN hereby calls on the government to establish a level playing field in the sector by giving petroleum marketers access to forex at the CBN exchange rate for their operations,” said Akpani.
He emphasised that accessing FX at the official rate would boost fuel supply across the country.
She added that the burden of sourcing forex through the parallel market for transactions domiciled in Nigeria had left petroleum marketers in dire straits.
She said, “Accessing dollars for our operations has been an insurmountable hurdle for petroleum marketers.
“The difference between CBN exchange rate and the parallel market exchange rate continues to get wider by the day.”
NAN reports that some filling stations owned by major oil marketers were seen selling petrol at regulated price of N170 per litre, while stations belonging to IPMAN members sell between N220 and N240 per litre.
Most filling stations that have fuel collect N100 at the entrance before vehicles are allowed to enter filling stations, and additional N100 to sell product to vehicles owners.
Black marketers have taken advantage of the situation to hoard products and sell to desperate motorists at exorbitant prices. (NAN)
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