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Schneider Electric to Host Innovation Day 2021, Emphasize Link Between Digitisation, Sustainability

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By Olushola Okunlade

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, will be hosting its 2021 Innovation Day come July 6, 2021. 

The live virtual event will bring together thought leaders from around the world and across industries to discuss and deep dive into digitization and how it can be used to drive business growth and operational stability, having sustainability at the core. 

The event will feature a line-up of local and international speakers, including conservationist and polar adventurer Robert Swan, digital analyst and anthropologist Brian Solis, author and lecturer at Oxford University Rachel Botsman, and Executive Vice President of Secure Power at Schneider Electric Pankaj Sharma.

The speakers will share their insights on topics, ranging from the use of digital technologies to power a more sustainable and resilient future; building trust through digital transformation; and the role of sustainability leadership to keep companies relevant.

“Digitization empowers us to gain our edge, stay competitive and thrive in the new normal. The potential is undeniably tremendous, especially in delivering environmentally added value to our customers,” said Pankaj Sharma. “Today, sustainability is crucial to enterprise viability. With a proper strategy in place, digitization can deliver a clear path to business growth while minimizing impacts on the environment.”

Commenting on the upcoming Innovation Day 2021 for Pacific, Ziad Youssef Middle East and Africa Vice President of Secure Power and Segments at Schneider Electric said, “The journey to sustainability begins with digitization. Business and IT leaders need to see this as an opportunity to build resilience into their strategy, allowing their company to move towards goals such as net-zero energy, and net-zero carbon. While these ambitious targets were once markers of a sustainable business, they are now markers of a smart business,” 

Participants can also learn about the latest solutions from Schneider Electric such as the Galaxy VL and the EcoStruxure Micro Data Center 43U, as well as take on practical sessions covering the latest on how to implement tomorrow’s solutions today. There will also be breakout sessions and networking opportunities for IT and data centre professionals, IT solution providers, as well as facility managers, electrical consultants and contractors.

Schneider Electric’s Innovation Day tours hosted up to 8,000 attendees in the previous years. In 2020, the event focused on digitization in building and driving resiliency in the wake of the changing landscape.

Schneider Electric’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of its energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. The company calls this “Life Is On”.

Through integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle and enabling integrated company management for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries, Schneider Electric has proven efficacy of digital transformation.

The company is an advocate of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about its shared  meaningful purpose, inclusive and empowered values.

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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

Olushola Okunlade Writes

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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