2024: NNPCL security architecture to be overhauled


…To produce 2m barrels of crude oil daily

By Abiodun OBA


The newly appointed Board and Management team for the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPCL) on Monday pledged to overhaul the security architecture of the NNPCL with a view to curb incidents of stealing and vandalization of pipelines.

Chief Pius Akinyelure, Non-Executive Board Chairman of NNPCL, stated this while briefing State House Correspondents shortly after the inauguration of the board by President Bola Tinubu.

Akinyelure also promised to produce two million barrels of crude oil on a daily basis from 2024.

“We have just concluded our inauguration ceremony by Mr President, and we have assured him of our collective efforts to turn around the fortune of the Oil and Gas.

“And to make it a company that we will all be proud of and a company that will help sustain the economy and make sure we create some element of prosperity for Nigerians.”

He revealed that the President had assured the new board of his support to enable them to discharge their mandate diligently and effectively.

“He (President) has assured us of his support and on our own part too, we have given him our one 100 per cent assurance.

“We will do the best we can to make sure that the key performance in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria probably will become number one in Africa and probably compete with the leading oil and gas industry around the world.

“It is not an easy task, but we know we had the challenge of oil stealing, vandalization of our pipelines.

“Our commitment is to produce at the rate of two million barrels per day anytime from next year.

“But to do this, we have to overhaul our security architecture, so that the incidences of stealing, vandalization of pipelines can be reduced.

“And this will possibly help to keep all our cash book and we will become a better nation,” Akinyelure said.

Recall, President Tinubu recently approved the appointment of a new Board and Management team for NNPCL with effect from Dec. 1.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, who made the announcement, said the appointment was in compliance with Section 59 (2) of the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021.

The appointees are: Chief Pius Akinyelure — Non-Executive Board Chairman, Malam Mele Kolo Kyari — Group Chief Executive Officer, and Alhaji Umar Isa Ajiya — Chief Financial Officer.

Others are Mr Ledum Mitee — Non-Executive Director, Mr Musa Tumsa — Non-Executive Director, and Mr Ghali Muhammad — Non-Executive Director.

The rest are Prof. Mustapha Aliyu — Non-Executive Director, Mr David Ogbodo — Non-Executive Director, and Ms Eunice Thomas — Non-Executive Director.

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