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NNPC donates to UniAbuja isolation centre



The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has donated 17 items to support the isolation centre at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada to combat Coronavirus in the country.

The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Malam Mele Kyari, disclosed this  at the unveiling of the item at the centre in Abuja on Friday.

Kyari said that government alone would not be able to do all, adding that  corporate organisations  should complement government’s  efforts.

“Government alone cannot do this, health systems world over are getting overwhelmed.

“Countries with stronger health systems are struggling to contain the disease. it is obvious that to fight this menace, we all have to collaborate to ensure that Nigeria defeats this virus,” he said.

He said that the oil and gas industry was collaborating to strengthen Nigeria’s response to the pandemic, adding that the effort was cordinated by the minister of state for petroleum resources, Chief Timipre sylva.

“We will support government agencies in providing urgently needed resources, human and material, required to curb this menace.

“NNPC on its own is providing the following 17 items to support the isolation centre at the University of Abuja Teaching hospital in Gwagwalada,” he said

The item include Oxygen generating plant, Ambulances , 10 Ventilators, patient monitor, Hospital bed, Bedside cupboards, overtop tables and air conditioners.

Others are full automated 5-part Haematology Analyzer, Semi -Automated Chemistry Analyser,UPS, Pro- express Samsung printer, Binocular Microscope, Table top centrifuge and pippettes.

The GMD reiterated that prevention remained the only defense to the pandemic virus currently and urged Nigerians to stick to the basic guide by the health authorities.

“We are all part of history, the year 2020 will go down as a year of the first major pandemic in the modern world.

“We are acting locally as part of the global effort in combating this scourge. Our response today, therefore, will go a long way in determining how well history will judge us,” he said.

In his remarks, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Prof. Bissallah Ekele, commended the Corporation for its kind gesture.

He said that NNPC was the third group to have donated to the hospital to help in curbing the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

” This is the second or third time we are receiving huge support, we earlier had support from NCDC, FCT Administration and JAMB.

“NNPC donation is a big one and the most significant. I can say that this is prime in all that we have received so far,” he said.

He commended the Corporation and promise to make effective use of the equipment.

Also, the Managing Director of NNPC medical, Dr Mohammed Zango, said that the corporation would continue to be responsible in helping to serve the needs of Nigerians.

He said that the items was tailored to support the needs of the centre and ensure that Nigerians get the best of the services.

He urged the managers of the facilities to make judicious use of the donated items.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz

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COVID-19: Plateau Reps,NNPC, donate money, ambulance to Plateau Govt.



The Plateau Caucus at the National Assembly has donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Plateau Government as its contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The Deputy Speaker of the House of  Representatives, Ahmed Wase ,led the delegation that made the presentation on Monday at Government House, Jos.

Wase commended Gov. Simon Lalong for being the first to install  CCTVs at the state’s borders.

He also commended the efforts of Gov. Lalong toward curbing the scourge of the Coronavirus pandemic in the  state.

He prayed for more wisdom and guidance for the governor to steer the affairs of Plateau toward fast tracking its development.

The deputy speaker said that even though they were giving individual and constitutional responsibilities in interventions to stem the disease, it was still imperative for them to contribute as a group representing the different interests of the state at the National Assembly.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that while  on the visit, the members also presented a Toyota Hiace ambulance bus to the governor under the initiative of the the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Intervention on COVID-19 donated by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Independent Petroleum Producers group.

NAN reports that the donation by the initiative also included two ventilators, 10,000 surgical face masks, 5,000 face masks and 2,000 hand gloves.

Lalong thanked all the members representing Plateau at the National Assembly for the gesture, describing it as laudable and worthy emulation.

He also acknowledged their contributions at their constitutional levels and their efforts to sensitise and enlighten their constituents on preventive measures against the disease.

He assured that their contribution to the Plateau government  COVID-19 trust fund would be put into good use, while appreciating their cooperation to ensure the well-being of Plateau people.

“We will also give you the necessary cooperation to discharge your duties at the National Assembly.

“We have inaugurated a research committee comprising of specialists in the field on alternative ways of addressing COVID-19 and other possible emergence of infectious diseases,” he said.

He said the state had  also established a palliative committee which was already distributing foodstuff  and other essentials to the indigents and vulnerable in the state.

The governor also said it had evacuated Quaranic Education Students (Almajiri),from Plateau to their home states as agreed by Northern Governors in order to protect them from the pandemic, saying they are being tested for the disease before taking to their homes.

He thanked the Members for ensuring Plateau benefited from the intervention of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Intervention, saying he was optimistic that the state through their influence would benefit from more Federal Government interventions.

He said business Mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote through his foundation was establishing a 100 bed capacity isolation center in Shendam Local Government Area.

NAN reports that other members of the delegation were Sen. Hezekiah Dimka representing Plateau Central, Sen Istifanus Gyang representing Plateau North, while the representatives in attendance were Mr Haruna Maitala representing Jos North and Komsol Longgap representing Mikang/Qu’anpan/Shendam constituency among others.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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NNPC has 6,621 staff strength – Report



The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it currently has 6,621 staff strength both at its headquarters and across all its subsidiaries, division and offices nationwide.

The corporation disclosed this in its report of compliance with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s (EITI) Open Data requirements, released in Abuja on Monday.

The report disclosed that the 6,621 individuals comprised its total staff strength as at April 20, 2020.

This meant that the recently employed 1,050 fresh graduates were captured, as their employments were concluded in February.

According to the report, NNPC has 13 divisions/Strategic Business Units nationwide.

It said that while 5,410 of corporation’s workforce representing 81.7 per cent were male,  211 were women, representing 18.3 per cent of its total staff strength.

The report further pointed out that the three refineries — Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri refineries — had 1,898 staff, representing 28.7 per cent of NNPC group’s total workforce.

A break down of the staff distribution by the report showed that 1,869 staff, comprising 28.2 per cent of its total workforce, were involved in operations engineering across all the divisions and Strategic Business Units (SBU); followed by human resources, with 818 staff.

This, it said, j0 comprised 12.35 per cent of its total workforce; while 684 staff were Health, Safety and Environment officers, representing 10.3 per cent of its total workforce.

“Finance, Accounts, Audit, Tax and Insurance staff across all its divisions and SBU are 605; commercial staffers are 506; general engineering staff are 466 and supply chain management staff, 337.

“Information technology personnel are 301; medical staff are 204; leadership staff are 196; while NNPC Group’s geosciences staff are 142,” it said.

The report also noted that public affairs staff were 108; petroleum engineering staff 74; legal personnel 55; and well engineering staff 48.

Furthermore, the report revealed that 27.2 per cent, comprising 1,801 NNPC’s staff were currently employed in the corporate headquarters.

It said that 13 per cent of the NNPC group’s total workforce were employed in the Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC); while 758 individuals wers currently employed in the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC).

This, it said, represented 11.4 per cent of the NNPC group’s total workforce.

“The Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC), which is currently shut down and awaiting revamp, has 655 staff; Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) 550 staff; the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) has 485 staff.

NNPC’s commercial and investment subsidiary, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) has 426 staff; while the corporation’s downstream subsidiary, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) has 255 staff,” it said

In addition, the report noted that Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) has 254 staff; Integrated Data Services Limited, 175 staff; Crude Oil Marketing Division of the NNPC and Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC) 152 staff each.

“While National Engineering and Technical Company Limited (NETCO) has 64 staff in its employment.”

Analysis of the corporation’s staff strength showed that of the total workforce, while one staff was in JS2, 527 others were in JS1 grade level categories respectively.

It noted that 85 staff, 103 staff, 259 staff, 740 staff, 700 staff, 1,674, and 1,690 staff were in the grade level SS7, SS6, SS5, SS4, SS3, SS2 and SS1 respectively.

Grade levels M6, M5, M4, M3, M2 and M1, which is the management cadre, had 408 staff, 238 staff, 143 staff, 44 staff, eight staff and one staff (chief executive) respectively

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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NNPC says top management appointments on merit



The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says professional competence, adherence to the principle of transparency and accountability informed the recent top management appointment executed in the first week of March.

Dr Kennie Obateru, the spokesman for the corporation made this known in a statement issued in Abuja, on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the corporation in March disengaged some of its staff and appointed new top management staff.

The appointments elicited criticisms from some Nigerians and some Niger Delta leaders.

Obateru explained that the principle of federal character was also a factor in the progression of the newly appointees.

He said many top management officers of the corporation were moved to new positions, while some were promoted based on their verifiable track records of performance.

“Some Chief Operating Officers, Group General Managers and Managing Directors of subsidiaries were affected in what some industry analysts described as the most objective placement exercise in the recent history of the National Oil Company.

Topping the list of the changes, he said, was the re-deployment of the erstwhile Chief Operating Officer (COO), Upstream, Mr Roland Ewubare, to the Ventures and Business Development Directorate as COO.

He said that under the arrangement, Ewubare, got an additional responsibility of business development, besides managing the group’s ventures.

NNPC spokesman said Ewubare’s position as COO Upstream was taken over by Mr Adeyemi Adetunji, erstwhile Chief Operating Officer in charge of Downstream directorate.

He noted that Adetunji was a first-class Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of Lagos and started his over 30 years career as a maintenance Engineer and later a project Engineer in Lever Brothers Nigeria Limited (Unilever).

Obateru said  that the recent top management appointment also received affirmative action with the re-deployment of Ms Lawrencia Ndupu to the Downstream.

He said that Ndupu was a Physicists and renowned explorationist and started her working career in NNPC in January 1986, adding that through the years, she has held many key positions.

Obateru added that Mr Bala Wunti, the erstwhile Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company was appointed as the new GGM of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS).

“With a chain of experience spanning close to 30 years, Wunti who hailed from the North East, was the initiator of ‘Operation White,’ a system put in place to promote transparency and accountability in the distribution of petroleum products across the country.

“The list also included Mr Lawal Sade as the new Managing Director of the NNPC Trading Company, a subsidiary of corporation.

“ Before then he was the MD of NIDAS, a shipping arm of the NNPC. Mr. Sade had been essentially a marketer in the last 20 years with impressive outcomes.”

Obateru stated that the exercise kept in place Mr Adokiye Tombomieye, from the South-South, as Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing, a highly strategic position in the corporation.

The NNPC spokesperson explained that the new appointments depicted a leadership of the corporation determined on ensuring placement of square pegs in square holes.

He said this was done while not losing sight of geographical spread, in respect of staffing.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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COVID-19: Kwara Govt. commends NNPC for ambulance gift



Kwara Government has commended the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for donating one new Toyota ambulance to the state as part of its efforts to strengthen national response to COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman of the state’s Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement in Ilorin, on Wednesday.

“We acknowledge receipt of the top quality ambulance from the NNPC.

“It is a great addition to the fleet of brand new military-grade ambulances with which the government is prosecuting the counter-COVID operations in the state.

“The government and people of Kwara are very grateful to the leadership of the NNPC for the great gesture which fits into the support the Federal Government and its agencies have been offering to state governments since the outbreak,’’ the statement read.

The government, in the statement, also commended corporate bodies and individuals who donated cash and/or materials for the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state, saying their support would never be forgotten.

“The government is grateful for the humanitarian gestures to boost its effort in curtailing the spread of the virus as well as cushioning effects of the pandemic and the lockdown on Kwara populace,” the statement read.

The government specifically acknowledged Chief Titus Ashaolu (SAN) for the donation of two water dispensers and five packs of hand sanitiser and the Salman Shagaya Foundation for the gift of 460 cartons of Indomie, spaghetti and salt.

It also appreciated the Professional Association of Public Health Nursing officers of Nigeria for giving three cartons of 70ml hand sanitiser and one carton of 100ml hand sanitiser.

Others mentioned are, Mr Owolabi Oakleaf Pharmaceutical for donating 50 copies of face shade, 18 cartons of 100ml hand sanitiser and 10 cartons of 500ml hand sanitiser, and the Integrated Fish Farmers Association of Kwara State which gave four cartons of smoked fish.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)


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COVID-19: CBN, NNPC move to save evacuees in Lagos, Abuja



The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Monday agreed to fund the feeding and accommodation of evacuees in Lagos and Abuja.

The minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 daily news conference in Abuja.

Onyeama said the fund to cover the cost of evacuees’ feeding and accommodation was over N1 billion and since funding was not available, it had to pass the cost onto the evacuees.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some evacuees had protested the condition they were being subjected to at isolation centres, citing poor feeding and other ill treatments.

Onyeama stressed that several attempts made to proffer solution to the imbroglio failed until the Minister of Environment, Malam Mahmood Muhammed, came to the rescue.

The minister said that the amount involved was over N1 billion and the duo of CBN and NNPC promised to rescue the situation.

Onyeama said: “Today, the GMD of NNPC said he met with the CBN Governor and they both promised to fund the feeding of evacuees.

“I thank the Minister of Environment for the suggestion and the solidarity who sold the idea to me to approach CBN and NNPC to support Nigerians in desperate need.”


Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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NNPC tasks newly-recruited graduate trainees on commitment



Malam Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has urged the organisation’s newly recruited graduate trainees to be  committed to their duties.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC,  Dr Kennie Obateru, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja.

He said that Kyari, through a virtual platform session with the new employees in Abuja, as part of their onboarding programme, advised them to go the extra mile in achieving extraordinary results for the NNPC.

“This is a company you will love to work for. But more than that, you will stay here and build a very fulfilling career.

”I have been around here for 29 years, and I have enjoyed every moment of it,” Kyari said.

The managing director  said that  it was also imperative for the new staff to work harmoniously with old ones in making the corporation become the National Oil Company (NOC) of choice.

He enjoined the graduate trainees to come up with ideas that would assist NNPC in crude oil exploration, refining, marketing, supplying and distribution of petroleum products.

Kyari, who described the trainees as excellent minds that represented the corporation’s future,also assured them of top management support, adding that the NNPC had always promoted gender equality.

“From top down of the corporation, gender inclusiveness is reflected”, he said.

Kyari said that it was important for them to always to uphold the  corporation’s values of respect for the individual, integrity, transparency, accountability and professional excellence.

He said that the corporation was committed to creating the right environment for the new entrants’ career growth and development.

According to the statement, one of the trainees, Safula Karanga from Gombe State, in response, commended Kyari for his good  leadership stlye that was also reflected in the recruitment process.

Karanga also thanked the NNPC Chief for the corporation’s medical interventions to the 36 states of the Federation in the fight against COVID-19 transmission.

Another entrant, Oluwatobi Ayo Yusuf, from Lagos State, according to the statement, thanked the NNPC for the vision of providing a level playing field for all the participants in the recruitment process.

Yusuf said that the recruitment process was the most transparent exercise that he had ever participated in Nigeria.

Similarly, Onianwa Vin-Kingsley, is quoted as saying that the recruitment was remarkable, urging  other public and private organisations to emulate the NNPC in their recruitment processes.

Another trainee, Onyeulo Ikenna, a first-class graduate of Chemical Engineering, is quoted as saying  that he was happy for  the employment without knowing any godfather.

Enyi Ada, from Rivers State, according to the statement,  also said that her  NNPC  recruitment experience had  removed her earlier fear  that the COVID-19 pandemic would disrupt the recruitment.

“We are a special people who have been onboarded at a challenging time like this,” she said.

Bolarinwa Simeon, a civil engineer, also said that the  recruitment process was transparent and credible from the computer-based test interview.

Suleiman Mahmud, on his part, is quoted as describing the appointment as miraculous, because he  applied on the last day of the submission of application.

Edited By: Victor Asije/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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NNPC records N211. 62bn from products sales in February – Report



The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it recorded ₦211.62 billion sale of white products in February.

The white products are Kerosene, Diesel and Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol.

The corporation disclosed this in its Monthly Financial and Operation Report (MFOR), released in Abuja on Tuesday.

The sales, it said, were made by the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), the corporation’s downstream subsidiary company in charge of bulk sales and distribution of petroleum products.

It noted that the ₦211.62billion figure was significantly higher compared to the previous month’s record, which stood at ₦151.79billion.

It also indicated that total revenues recorded from the sales of white products for the period, February 2019 to February 2020, stood at about ₦2.6 trillion.

According to the report, petrol contributes about 98.06 per cent of the total sales value of about ₦2.5trillion.

The report stated that about 1.7billion litres of white products were sold and distributed by PPMC in the month of February compared with about 1.2 billion litres sold in January.

“This comprised about 1.7 billion litres of PMS and 1.09million litres of AGO.

“Also, there was sale of 0.01million litres of special product, Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) in the month.

“Total sale and distribution of white products for the period February 2019 to February 2020 stood at about 21billion litres, and PMS accounted for 20.8billion litres or 98.73 per cent,” it said.

The report further noted that during the period under review, a total of 32 pipeline-points either malfunctioned or were vandalised.

This, it said, represented about 47 per cent decrease from the 60 points recorded in January.

“These comprised of 22 pipeline breaches, eight weld failures and two pipeline ruptures.

“Mosimi area accounted for 78 per cent of total cases, the Port Harcourt axis 16 per cent, and all other routes accounted for the remaining 6 per cent,” it said

On natural Gas off-take, commercialisation and utilisation, it noted that out of the 241.74 Billion Cubic Feet (BCF) of gas supplied in February, 146.54BCF was commercialised.

This consist of 35.83BCF and 110.71BCF for the domestic and export market respectively.

The report noted it translated to a total supply of 1,235.56 million Standard Cubic Feet per day (mmscfd) of gas to the domestic market and 3,817.40mmscfd of gas supplied to the export market for the month.

The report further said that 699mmscfd was delivered to gas-fired power plants to generate an average power of about 3,064MW, compared with January, when an average of 640mmscfd was supplied to generate 2,683MW.

The report also indicated an increased trading surplus of ₦3.95billion compared to the ₦1.87billion surplus posted in January.

The 111 per cent growth in the month, the report stated, was largely attributable to improved performance of the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), as a result of its low expenses put at over 100 per cent.

Other reasons cited in the report for the increased trading surplus were the reduced deficits post by the downstream units, refineries, as well as the NNPC corporate headquarters.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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NNPC reduces ex-depot price of petrol



The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced a reduction in the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from N113.28k per litre to N108.00K per litre across all its products loading facilities.

This was contained in a statement issued by the corporation’s spokesman, Dr Kenny Obateru in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said the Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Musa Lawan, disclosed that the new ex-depot price of PMS reflects the company’s market strategy.

According to him, the strategy will help to make more sales while complying with the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency’s (PPPRA) price template.

Lawan explained that the new price regime would enable PPMC to boost its sales volumes from the billions of litres of Petrol it had in storage while providing affordable price to millions of customers.

He said the new price was arrived at after extensive review of market realities by the PPMC internal price review unit.

The PPMC boss however pointed out that the price of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), otherwise called diesel, which had already been deregulated was determined by market forces.

On March 18, 2020, the NNPC reviewed its PMS ex-coastal, ex-depot and NNPC Retail pump prices.

Thus, effective March 19 NNPC ex-coastal price for PMS was reviewed downwards from N117.6/litre to N99.44/litre while ex-depot price was reduced from N133.28/litre to N113.28/litre.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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COVID-19: NNPC-Agip begins construction of 200-bed infectious diseases hospital in Yenagoa



The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)-Agip Joint Venture, on Saturday inaugurated the construction of a 200-bed capacity infectious diseases hospital for the South-South Zone.

Speaking at the event, Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum, said that the project was part of the Nigerian Oil Industry Coalition led by the NNPC to support the nation’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sylva said that the oil industry was contributing about N21 billion worth of support provided through the internal procurement processes of contributing companies.

Sylva said that Bayelsa was considered a suitable site for the project given its pioneering role in the history of the region and the contribution of about 40 per cent to onshore crude oil output.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, said that the Corporation was working with its Joint Venture partners, across the upstream, Midstream and Downstream Sectors to support the health sector.

He said that the NNPC-led intervention had allocated the N21 billion worth of support to various International Oil Companies, Indegenous operators with Joint Venture stakes across the oil sector.

Kyari explained that the infectious diseases hospital sited on 1,586 square meter space would serve as zonal isolation centre for the COVID-19 and would serve as reference hospital for communicable diseases after the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his speech, Mr Lorenzo Fiorillo, Managing Director, Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), said that the outbreak of the corona virus had put a lot of strain globally on health care systems and personnel.

Fiorillo who spoke through Mr Macwon Jitubo, Head of Community Relations, NAOC, said that the company remained sympathetic to the threat posed by the coronavirus resulting to millions of deaths worldwide.

“Eni, the parent company of NAOC considers people to be at the core of its culture and fundamental to its business, aware that creation of reciprocal values is possible through the sharing of objectives.

“We are certain that the Oil and Gas industry as a whole shares in these values.

“It is for this reason that we are here today at this difficult period to perform the ceremony which will engender a valuable medical asset to the South South region of the country,” he said.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa, who earlier applauded Sylva for attracting the project to Bayelsa performed the ground breaking ceremony with dignitaries.

Mr Chukwuemaka Nwajiobi, Minister of State for Education, represented the Chairman of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to Government of Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha at the occasion.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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NNPC commiserates with victims of Obalende fuel tanker fire incident



The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commiserated with families of the victims of Friday’s fuel tanker fire incident at Obalende area of Lagos.

According to a statement issued in Lagos by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Dr Kennie Obateru, NNPC wishes all those that sustained injuries in the incident quick recovery.

Obateru explained that all the injured people had been taken to the hospital while further investigation was on to determine the cause of the accident.

He said: ” A fuel truck belonging to NPPC’s petroleum products retail affiliate, NNPC Retail Limited, was involved in the road accident while conveying petrol from the Satellite depot to the NNPC Mega Station in Ikoyi, Lagos.

“The mishap, which occurred around 5p.m. Friday, led to the inferno which consumed the petrol -laden truck in front of a hospital and gas station.”

Obateru expressed appreciation to the good spirited people of Lagos around the scene of the incident and fire service personnel who brought the fire under control.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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NNPC new staff to assume virtual duty May 4 – Obateru



No fewer than 1,000 graduate trainees recently recruited by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) are to assume virtual duty Monday  May 4, the corporation says in a statement.

The  statement released in Abuja on Thursday was signed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru.

“The trainees are to assume duty first, virtually, while the corporation monitors the COVID -19 situation and the Federal Government’s directives to determine a date of physical assumption of duty,” he said.

He explained that the option of virtual assumption of duty was necessitated by the need to comply with extant protocol on social distancing and reduced number of people in workplace.

The NNPC spokesman said the trainees had completed online documentation, and would commence virtual onboarding on Monday.

He said that Managing Director of the corporation, Malam Mele Kyari, was excited about the assumption of duty of the new intakes  noting  that they were part of the succession plan to assure the future of NNPC.

He added that Kyari congratulated the successful graduate trainees, adding that much was expected of them.

Obateru said that the assumption of duty of the graduate trainees marked the successful completion of the 2019/2020 recruitment.

According to him, in pursuance of excellence, NNPC as an equal opportunity employer with business interests across the Oil & Gas Industry value chain, would continue to recruit the best hands in order to buoy its operations nationwide.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Inferno: Safety remains our priority says NNPC



The Nigerian National Petroleum Retail Limited says that safety remains paramount in its operations at its various filling stations across the country.

Dr Kennies Obatero, Group General Manager Public Affairs Division, disclosed this in a statement signed in Abuja, on Tuesday.

According to Obatero, Mr Bill Okoye of Nigeria National Petroleum Retail Limited said this while reacting to the fire incident in one of its retail outlets on Monday in Lagos.

“All stations under the brand name of NNPC Retail Limited operate under very high safety standards as endorsed by the Federal Fire Service and the Department of Petroleum Resources,” he said.

Okoye  said that, as a policy, the management of the company ensured that all stations under his watch maintained required safety standards in order to curtail incidences of fire outbreaks as well as other health and safety hazards

He explained that preliminary information about the unfortunate fire accident at one of its affiliate stations in Lagos on Monday showed that the inferno emanated from an underground tank.

He noted that the fire was swiftly extinguished without any mortality recorded.

Okoye said the NNPC Retail Management sympathised with Taibod Petroleum Ltd., the affiliate company, over the unfortunate incident

He, however, thanked the Federal Fire Service, NNPC fire fighters from the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) and other well-meaning Nigerians that supported in putting out the fire.

Okoye dismissed the insinuation that the fire was caused by a truck that was discharging petroleum products at the scene of the incident.

He said that NNPC retail stations attendants were well briefed and trained on handling of trucks and products discharge procedures.

“In all our stations, safety is very important and we have our Health Safety teams that go round to ensure that these safety standards are adhered to strictly.

“These safety teams visit stations routinely to educate and enlighten these affiliate station owners on the need for them to uphold safety procedures.

” Every station must hold fire drills every month and all staff members of the stations are mandated to participate in these drills,” Okoye said.

He said that as the nation prepared for the relaxation of the Presidential lockdown directives from next week, the NNPC Retail stations had over 400 trucks laden with petroleum products waiting to discharge at various stations.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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NNPC filling station inferno claims 30 vehicles – LASEMA



The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, on Tuesday said the fire outbreak at

Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) filling station, Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos, has destroyed 30 vehicles.

The filling station is located at YayaYaya Abatan bus Stop, off Colleage Road, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Oke-Osanyintolu said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

According to him, a tanker with 33,000 litres of diesel catches fire while discharging its contents into an underground tank at the NNPC filling station.

“The agency officials received a distress call at about 1 p.m. on April 27, concerning a fire outbreak at NNPC filling station located at Yaya Abatan bus stop, off College Road.

“The agency’s response team personally coordinated by myself, other emergency responders jointly fought and subsequently extinguished the flames at about 4.49 p.m.

“No casualty nor fatality was recorded, about 30 vehicles were affected. The combined effort of the emergency responders led to the salvage of properties and buildings nearby,” he said.

Oke-Osanyintolu said present during the recovery operations were the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Tayo Bamgbose-Martins; Chairman Ifako Local Government Council, Apostle Toba Oke; Federal and Lagos State Fire Services as well as National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

He said that other security agencies present were Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Oke-Osanyintolu said that four recommendations were provided to prevent future fire outbreaks such as continuous sensitisation and advocacy on fire safety measures by relevant government agencies.

Others, he said, were encouraging installation of fire extinguishers at both public and private domains, and fire hydrant at filling stations.

Also, ensuring that onlookers stay safe by keeping away from the flames and observe social distancing while freeing the responders to carry out their work unhindered.

In a related development, he said a suspected leaked Pipeline disgorged petrol (PMS) at Peace Estate, Iyana Odo, Oripako Stream Inward Baruwa, Ipaja.

The LASEMA director-general said that the agency’s Response Team received a distress call in respect of a suspected PMS leakage from a pipeline at Iyana odo at about 11.00 hours on Monday.

He said that when its response team got to the scene, it was discovered that there was a Pete leakage flowing downstream towards Iyana Odo, Ori Pako axis from an unidentifiable source point.

Oke-Osanyintolu said that the actual point source of pollution could not be ascertained owing to the nature of the area being a wetland with flowing streams and pipelines buried underneath.

He said that the  residents were subsequently sensitised and advised to ensure they do not carry out any activity that would ignite fire.

Oke-Osanyintolu said that the concentration of the leaked petrol had reduced likely due to vaporisation and rapid movement of water down stream, resulting in no imminent hazard while the immediate threat level ascertained had been contained.

He, however, said that SEPA and NNPC officials had been notified for necessary action by locating the point source of pollution to mitigate against future disaster in the community and contamination of the flora and fauna.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Fire guts NNPC filling station at Ifako Ijaiye LGA in Lagos



A filling station belonging to the  Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) located within  Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State has been gutted by fire.

The News Agency of Nigeria at the scene of the incident on Monday reports that the fire extended  to some of the  buildings close to the filling station.

Dr Olufemi Oke -Osayintolu, the Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), and  men from the agency were also  at the scene of the incident.

Oke-Osayintolu told NAN that the remote nor immediate causes of the inferno could not yet be ascertained.

Oke-Osanyintolu said that upon arrival at the scene, LASEMA observed that a petrol tanker inside the NNPC fuel station had  caught fire, which also culminated to the spread of the fire to buildings nearby.

He also confirmed that the incident started at about 1:30 p.m. on Monday, adding that efforts were ongoing by the agency’s officials, men of the Lagos State Fire Service and the Federal Fire Service to combat the inferno.

Oke-Osanyintolu,however, advised the  members of the public to keep away from the scene so as  to allow the responders to complete their work in good time.

NAN also reports that, as at the time of filling in this report, efforts were still ongoing to curtail the fire. .

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo (NAN)

 Director General, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, men of the Lagos State Fire Service and the Federal Fire Service  putting out   the fire on Monday in Lagos.



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COVID 19: NNPC donates ambulance, medical kits to Kano state



The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has donated an ambulance and other medical consumables to  Kano State Government to  prevent  spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva who presented the items to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje at the Government House on Saturday, said that the gesture would go a long way in curbing the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Sylva said apart from the ambulance, the state would get rescue packs, ventilators, thousands of testing kits, 100 Personal Protective Equipment full kits, 100 PPE shoes, 2,000 disposal caps, including face masks, nose masks, body suits, hand gloves and overall full kit.
The minster added that the donation was part of the N21billion intervention on COVID-19 pandemic by the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
“NNPC and partners in the oil and gas industry embarked on an initiative covering three areas; provision of medical consumables, deployment of logistics and in-patient support system and delivery of medical infrastructure.
“In line with the oil and gas intervention initiative plan of establishing permanent and sustainable medical infrastructure in each geopolitical zone, we will be conducting a ground breaking ceremony very soon for building emergency and infectious diseases hospitals in some parts of the country,” he said.
He said similar donations had been made in Abuja, Rivers and Bayelsa, adding that collaboration was needed to defeat the coronavirus.
The minister added that similar items would be delivered to affected states and that the industry would build emergency and infectious diseases hospitals in Uyo, Akwa Ibom and Yenagoa in Bayelsa.
Sylvia who was accompanied by the GMD of NNPC Mr Mele Kyari and Group General Manager of NAPIMS, Mr Bala Wuri, also commiserated with the government people of the state over the pandemic.
Ganduje commended the initiative of the oil and gas sector in the fight against COVID-19.
He said that the donation would go a long way in fighting the pandemic in the state and would also compliment the state government’s efforts.
Ganduje also commended the Federal Government’s efforts in fighting the dreaded COVID -19 disease.
The governor disclosed that the state has three fuctional isolation centres adding that government had also commenced the distribution of palliatives to 50,000 households in the state.(NAN)

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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COVID-19 : NNPC, oil firms give ambulances, medical consumables to South West states



The major players in the Nigerian oil and gas sector on Thursday handed over six ambulances and medical consumables to the South West states.

It was part of efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was made by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Independent Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG), comprising 26 indigenous oil companies.

The items donated to Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo and Ondo states were received in Lagos by the Minister of State for Health, Mr Olorunnimbe Mamora and Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr Timipre Sylva, said the donation was part of the N21 billion intervention initiative on the COVID-19 pandemic by the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.

Sylva said apart from the six ambulances, the states would also get thousands of testing kits, Personal Protective Equipment including face masks, body suits, hand gloves and sanitisers.

He said similar donations had earlier been made by the oil and gas sector in Abuja, Rivers and Bayelsa, adding that collaboration was needed to defeat Coronavirus.

According to him, the gesture will be extended to all states of the federation in line with the mandate of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 within the coming weeks.

He said ground breaking ceremonies for the construction of Infectious Disease Centres in Uyo, Akwa Ibom and Yenogoa, Bayelsa would soon take place, to help the country in tackling pandemics.

Also, Mamora commended the initiative of the oil and gas sector in the fight against COVID-19.

“I thank you very much on behalf of the PTF and I know that posterity will be kind on you for standing up to be counted during this critical period.

”These donations will help fortify our health care system. Nigeria and Nigerians will not forget you for this your noble effort,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the South West governors, Sanwo-Olu said the donation would be used to support the critical infrastructure that was a challenge to the health care industry.

He said: ”I want to assure you that we will put it to judicious use and we will ensure that all the items are delivered to their respective states.

“They will go immediately to the front line and will be deployed to ensure that our people get well and come out of this pandemic alive.”

IPPG Chairman, Mr Ademola Adeyemi-Bero, said the group, made up of indigenous oil firms, was working towards procuring five million face masks, 100, 000 test kits, 12 ambulances, ventilators, beddings and overalls for health workers.

He said the group would also donate one isolation unit in a location to be advised by the NNPC and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and molecular labs in some parts of the country.

According to him, IPPG members were also observing the health protocols put in place by government in their facilities in order to contain the virus.

Earlier in his address of welcome, Mr Bala Wunti, Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, said the initiative of the oil and gas sector was based on an informed business interest.

Wunti said: “If economic activities are down, there will be no need for oil and gas.

“We are at a crossroad today and that is why the industry made an informed decision to come together to do what is right to help Nigeria mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Nigeria records crude oil, gas sale of $434m in January. – NNPC



The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation( NNPC) says  the country recorded crude oil and gas export sale of 434.85million dollars in January.

The corporation disclosed this in it’s Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR) released in  Abuja, on Wednesday.

The sales, the NNPC said represents an increase of 94.30 per cent pitched against the December 2019 figures.

It said that the month’s crude oil export sales contributed 336.65million dollars (77.42 per cent) of the dollar transactions for the period, compared to the 136.36million dollars sales in the previous month.

It added that export gas sales in January amounted to 98.20million dollars even as it noted that 2019 to January 2020 crude oil and gas transactions valued at 5.18billion dollars was exported.

The report added that vandalism of NNPC pipelines across the Country recorded a phenomenal spike of 50 percentage increase in January.

“60 pipeline points were vandalized, compared to the 40 incidents recorded in December 2019.

“Atlas Cove-Mosimi and Mosimi-Ibadan axis pipelines accounted for 50 per cent and 17 per cent of the breaks respectively, while all other routes accounted for the remaining 33 per cent, according to the report,” it said.

It however explained that NNPC, in collaboration with the local communities and other stakeholders, were working in harmony to curtail this menace.

The report stated that to ensure steady supply and effective distribution of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, across the Country, 1.20billion litres of the white product, translating to 38.68mn liters/day, were supplied for the month.

it noted that the corporation had continued to diligently monitor the daily stock of fuel to achieve smooth distribution of petroleum products and zero fuel queue across the nation.

In the Gas Sector, it revealed that out of the 253.09billion cubic feet (BCF) of gas supplied in January, a total of 151.16BCF of gas was commercialised, consisting of 36.20BCF and 114.96BCF for the domestic and export market, respectively.

This, it said translated to 1,167.80million standard cubic Feet (mmscfd) of gas supply to the domestic market, with 3,708.23mmscfd of gas supplied to the export market during the month.

It report further stated that 59.89 per cent of the average daily gas produced was commercialised, while the balance of 40.11 per cent was re-injected, used as Upstream fuel gas or flared. Gas flare rate was 7.90 per cent for the month under review.

According to the report, it is 643.59mmscfd, compared with average gas-flare rate of 8.46 per cent i.e. 671.40mmscfd, for the period January 2019 to January 2020.

“Out of the 1,167.80mmscfd of gas supplied to the domestic market in January 2020, about 639.70mmscfd of gas, representing 54.78 per cent, was supplied to gas-fired power plants.

“The balance of 528.10mmscfd or 45.22 per cent was supplied to other industries,” it said

The report said 640mmscfd of gas delivered to gas fired-power plants in January generated an average power of about 2,683 MW, compared with December 2019 where an average of 596mmscfd was supplied to generate 2,498 MW.

It explained that for January 2019 to January 2020, an average of 1,203.93mmscfd of gas was supplied to the domestic market, comprising an average of 693.73mmscfd or (57.62 per cent) as gas supply to the power plants and 510.20mmscfd or (42.38 per cent) as gas supply to industries.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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 LCCI says NNPC decision to end subsidy/under recovery a game changer



The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) says the

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COVID-19- FG releases N200 bn to power sector to improve supply -NNPC



Mr Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) says the Federal Government has made payment of over N200 billion to the power sector towards improving electricity supply.

Kyari disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday shortly after a closed door meeting between the NNPC team, Minister of Power, Mr Sale Mamman and Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Mr Usman Mohammed.

“Actually the federal government has made payment of over N200 billion for power in the last 23 days and this will go a long way to ensure that issues around power supply are addressed.

“We will work as a team to ensure that all issues are settled, ‘’he said.

Kyari said that team was in the Ministry of Power to inform the minister that in the last one or two months and particularly during the COVID-19 period NNPC has increased gas supply to the power sector.

According to him, there will be significant improvement in power generation in all federal government and associated power facilities.

“ This also means that Nigerians will get better access to power during this lockdown period and going forward.

“There are issues around power supply process and we have discussed most of them and we are moving as a team to make sure that we resolve issues around payment and evacuation.

“We are very confident that this will get the desired result. We will visit some power plants tomorrow to make sure that we sort out any issue to ensure that Nigerians have access to better power,” he said.

He said that the minister was very clear on what was to be done to improve power supply.
“We will make sure this becomes transparent and obvious to all Nigerians.”

On his part, TCN Managing Director, Mr Usman Mohammed said that the meeting was to ensure that there was constant supply of power as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mohammed said that the president has directed that there should be constant power supply to the people during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“This is why this meeting was conveyed by the minister of power to discuss supply of gas to the power plants.

“This is very important before now we have been discussing with NNPC, of course there is gas availability in the market but there are several power plants that don’t have gas and that is a big problem for us.

“With this meeting where the minister prevailed that NNPC should assist in suppling gas to the power plants we believe that will have steady and sustainable power supply going forward especially during the COVID-19 lockdown, ” he said.

Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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NNPC retail stations complying with PPPRA price template — Official



The NNPC Retail Ltd. says all its filling stations across Nigeria are selling Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) within the official price band announced for the month of April.

Dr Kennie Obateru, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division,  Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), made the clarification in a statement issued on Thursday in Lagos.

He quoted Sir Billy Okoye, Managing Director of NNPC Retail Ltd,  as affirming the compliance of the filling stations to the band announced by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).

Okoye said that all the company’s retail outlets adjusted to the new price immediately the pricing regulatory agency came up with the new price band of between ₦123.50 and ₦125.

The NNPC Retail boss explained that the company was the first in the country to comply with the PPPRA price advisory issued on  March 19 by adjusting its pumps to ₦125 per litre from the old price of ₦145 per litre.

“Last week, the PPPRA announced the new pump price range of ₦123.50 to ₦125 for the month of April 2020.

“What this means is that all stations in Nigeria cannot sell below ₦123.50 and cannot sell above ₦125 per litre for the month of April 2020.

“NNPC Retail Ltd. is fully complying with the PPPRA directive as we are neither selling below ₦123.50 nor selling above ₦125 per litre in all NNPC Retail’s stations nationwide,”  Okoye said.

He said NNPC Retail Ltd prides itself as the company with the best in terms of price, products quality and quantity (meter integrity) .

Okoye maintained that the company and its stations, being part of the NNPC, were owned by Nigerians and so would always strive to protect the interest of Nigerians.

He disclosed that the company was planning to extend its services to neighbouring West African countries.

According to him,  having introduced its high quality lubricants into the market recently, its goal is to consolidate on that as a state-owned company for the economic benefit of Nigerians.

Okoye called on members of the public to always use any of the company’s feedback mechanisms well displayed at all its retail outlets to report any sharp practice.

He said that the management would not fail to sanction erring dealers.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Oluwole Sogunle


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