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NNPC, Partners Law Enforcement Agencies on Fight Against Petroleum Products Smuggling, Crude Oil Theft

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By Olushola Okunlade

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is collaborating with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and other relevant downstream and upstream stakeholders in the petroleum industry to curb the twin menace of petroleum products smuggling and crude oil theft .

Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said the move was at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari who mandated the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the NNPC, the EFCC and all other security agencies to do everything to stop crude oil theft and illicit truck-out of petroleum products which he described as major economic crimes that have hindered Nigerians from enjoying the benefit of subsidized petroleum products.

He urged all industry stakeholders to collaborate with the Corporation to ensure that the daily national petroleum products consumption which shot up to 102million litres in the month of May is brought down to realistic levels around 60million litres, stressing that it was obvious to all that that volume of premium motor spirit (PMS) was not consumed by Nigerians alone.

“We all agree that smuggling is not a business that should be condoned because even for deregulated petroleum products it brings extra cost burden on this country both in terms of safety and security of supply and in securing of foreign exchange. It even constitutes more burden to this country when the product involved is a regulated product like Premium Motor Spirit (PMS),” Mallam Kyari submitted.
The GMD explained that with the increasing price of crude oil at the global market and the OPEC+ production cuts, the country cannot afford to shoulder the cost of smuggling.

“We all know that our daily consumption is not up to 60million litres. We all know that, and that is why we have to pull it down. We will pull it down by every means necessary,” Mallam Kyari assured.
He said NNPC would emplace Advanced Cargo Declaration in line with global best practices to tackle the issue of crude oil theft in the country.

Speaking in a similar vein, the Executive Chairman of EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, expressed the readiness of the Commission to work with the NNPC to ensure that all those involved in the economic sabotage were brought to book.

The Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMA), Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) and all the other stakeholders also expressed readiness to partner the NNPC to bring an end to petroleum products smuggling.

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Fuel Supply: Do Not Panic, NNPC Urged

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FUEL SUPPLY: PLEASE DO NOT PANIC

FUEL SUPPLY: PLEASE DO NOT PANIC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited has called on motorists to avoid engaging in panic buying of petroleum products assuring that there is enough stock to serve the country all through the festive season and beyond.

NNPC made this known in a statement issued by Garba Deen Muhammad, its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division on Monday.

The clarification may not be unconnected to the growing queues in various filling stations in parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) following speculations of the possible scarcity of products as the yuletide season is fast approaching.

The general public is hereby advised not to engage in panic buying Premium Motor Spirit, more commonly known as petrol.

The NNPC has over 1.7 billion litres of petrol in stock and more product is expected to arrive in the country daily over the coming weeks and months.

It is, therefore, unnecessary to entertain any fear of scarcity of petrol throughout the festive season and beyond.

The NNPC is also not aware of any plan by the government to cause an increase in the pump price of petroleum. The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has made that declaration last week.

In view of these assurances, therefore, the NNPC is advising motorists and other consumers of petrol to maintain their regular pattern of the purchase of petrol without getting into a panic situation that may send the wrong signals around the country.

The NNPC is also engaging all stakeholders to ensure the smooth supply and distribution of products to every part of the country during the festive season and beyond.

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Mele Kyari Has Transformed NNPC, Says PPRAC

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Mele Kyari Has Transformed NNPC, Says PPRAC

…As GMD Wins 2020 Zik Leadership Award
 
The Group Managing Director/CEO of NNPC Ltd, Mallam Mele Kyari has been commended for transforming the fortunes of the NNPC from a position of loss-making into a profit-making venture.
 
The Public Policy Research & Analysis Centre (PPRAC) gave this commendation while conferring its “2020 Zik Prize for Public Service Leadership’’ on the GMD, at the Eko Hotel, Lagos, at the weekend.
 
At a well-attended event also witnessed by the Emir of Kano, Alh. Aminu Ado Bayero; Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage (rtd), and several other dignitaries, Kyari received the latest recognition from the Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.
 
Speaking on behalf of the Centre, Chief Mac Wabara said Mallam Kyari was recognized following his distinguished leadership role and sterling achievements in the NNPC, which are all evident through the various reforms he instituted at the Corporation through transparency and accountability.
 
He said: “Mele Kyari continues to seamlessly transform the operations of NNPC, including deepening domestic gas utilization, rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries, and public disclosure of NNPC accounts, the first in NNPC’s 44 years of existence.”
 
He added that Kyari’s greatest achievement, no doubt, was turning around the fortunes of the NNPC, from a loss of position, into a profit-making entity.
 
“Under Kyari’s watch at the NNPC, the company declared a profit after tax of N287bn in 2020 after losses were reduced from N803bn in 2018 to N1.7bn in 2019. This is unprecedented in the history of the NNPC,” Wabara stated.
 
He further explained that Mallam Mele Kyari also consistently played a huge role in the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), stressing that with the coming of the legislation, the NNPC is now well-positioned to operate efficiently, like its global peers.
 
Responding, Mallam Kyari said in the last two years, the NNPC has automated its processes and systems; reduced its costs of operations, and focused on delivering value to Nigerians, in line with his Management vision of Transparency, Accountability & Performance Excellence (TAPE).
 
He added that the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) has placed a huge responsibility on the NNPC to do things differently and be much more accountable to its shareholders, the over 200 million Nigerians.
 
He said the Zik Leadership award will spur him and his Management team to work harder towards becoming an International National Oil Company that is at par with its global peers.
 
Other recipients of the prestigious Zik Leadership Award include the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule; former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim; Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora; Director-General and CEO of the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamo and MD/CEO of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Mr. Uche Orji.
 
Established in 1994 by the PPRAC and now in its 26th edition, the Zik Prize in Leadership is aimed at highlighting Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe’s legacy of patriotic fervor and nationalist vision.
 

Mele Kyari Has Transformed NNPC, Says PPRAC
Mallam Mele Kyari, GMD/CEO NNPC.

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Seplat Energy’s Subsidiary, Westport Oil Raises $50m Offtake Facility

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Seplat Energy’s subsidiary, Westport Oil raises $50m offtake facility

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Seplat Energy Plc, a leading Nigerian independent energy company listed on both the Nigerian Exchange Limited.

The London Stock Exchange has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Westport Oil Limited, has successfully raised a US$50 million offtake linked reserved based lending facility due April 2027.

In a note at the Nigerian Exchange, Seplat said the offtake facility is subordinated to the US$110 million senior reserve based lending facility.

“The offtake facility carries initial interest of Libor + 10.5% payable semi-annually and is scheduled to commence repayment from March 2023,” the note said.

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