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President’s Spokesman Hails Obateru on Professionalism

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Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC

By Olushola Okunlade

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina has congratulated the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru on his recent Fellowship Award, describing him as an accomplished professional in the field of Public Relations.

Adesina who was a special guest at a reception organized by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), FCT Chapter in honour of its new five Council Members and nine Fellows of the Institute said the current membership status would spur him to achieve more in his career.

“Obateru is an accomplished professional. Now that he has become a Fellow of the NIPR, he can only get better. He is an old wine that is very tasty and now that he is a Fellow, he can just be tastier” he stated.

Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity

Speaking earlier at the function on behalf of the new Fellows, Dr. Kennie Obateru, said the erroneous perception e of Public Relations as cost centre by organizational leaders could be changed by practitioners through development of strategies to measure impact of Public Relations activities.

The NNPC spokesman condemned the prevailing situation where those who have no business in reputation management occupy positions meant for registered PR practitioners in various organizations in the country.

“We are ready to work with Institute’s leadership to ensure that the provisions of Decree No. 16 of 1990 that set up the Institute are enforced to rid the profession of quackery”.

The event was attended by the President and Chairman of Governing Council of the Institute, Mallam Mukhtar Sirajo, Chief Executive Officers of government establishments, Spokesmen of various organization, senior professional colleagues, among others.

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Shell Announces Executive Committee Change

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Shell Lifts Force Majeure On 250,000bpd Bonny Export Terminal, Rises Hope For Nigeria

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Ronan Cassidy, Shell plc’s Chief Human Resources and Corporate Officer, will step down with effect from 31 December 2023, and leave Group service thereafter.

Rachel Solway, currently Executive Vice President, Human Resources Organisation Development & Learning, will succeed Ronan with effect from 1 January 2024 and will be based in London.

Shell CEO Wael Sawan said: “I’d like to thank Ronan for his 35 years of distinguished service to Shell. In his eight years on the Executive Committee, Ronan has helped steer us through transformational change and several exceptional events, including the Covid-19 pandemic, with wisdom, integrity, and foresight. He has championed employee engagement, ethical leadership diversity, equity, and inclusion, and will leave having helped change Shell for the better.

“Rachel will bring a deep commitment to performance culture, and great energy and care for people, to this role. As we deliver more value with fewer emissions in the coming years, through a focus on performance, discipline, and simplification, Rachel will help us collectively realise Shell’s full potential.”

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NLNG Visits President Tinubu To Deepen Collaboration, Ease Of Doing Business

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NLNG Visits President Tinubu To Deepen Collaboration, Ease Of Doing Business

The Board of Directors and Management of Nigeria LNG Limited paid a courtesy visit to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

During the visit, Chairman, NLNG Board, HRM King Edmund Daukoru, CON, expressed profound gratitude to President Tinubu for his unwavering support in bolstering Nigeria’s position in the global energy landscape. He acknowledged the crucial role NLNG has played in Nigeria’s economy, noting the need for government support in resolving some challenges the Company is presently facing.

Speaking at the visit, the MD/CEO of Nigeria LNG Limited, Dr. Philip Mshelbila, stated that since inception, NLNG has contributed enormous revenue to the government through dividends and taxes, noting that the FIRS declared the Company as the largest tax-paying Company in 2022.

Mshelbila also emphasised that NLNG’s Domestic LPG (DLPG) Scheme has guaranteed LPG supply, availability, and affordability and has also stimulated the development of different parts of the DLPG value chain in Nigeria, with 100% of produced LPG volumes from NLNG dedicated to the domestic market, supplying about 40% of Nigeria’s domestic LPG demand.

He stressed that challenges around pipeline vandalisation have constrained NLNG’s production with consequent loss of revenue to the government. Besides, multiple taxation from various government agencies and the Finance Act, which is being amended yearly, distorts corporate planning and puts business on the back foot, stifling investor confidence and investment opportunities in the sector.

President Tinubu, in his response, thanked NLNG for the visit and commended NLNG for its steadfast commitment to excellence and immense contributions to the GDP, acknowledging the critical role the Company plays in Nigeria’s economy.

Tinubu affirmed the importance of Gas not just as a transition fuel but also as the fuel for the future, assuring that the Gas Sector would get priority attention in this administration. He assured the Board that all encumbrances to the progress and development of Nigeria’s industrial citizens as well as any further impediment to the business practice in the oil and gas sector would be swiftly removed.

President Tinubu emphasised that for the oil and gas industry to thrive, all stakeholders in the value chain, especially the host communities, need to be engaged and carried along to enable the government to build confidence and trust. He urged the Board and Management of NLNG to continue to collaborate with the government to ensure that issues can be resolved quickly and efficiently while reiterating his administration’s commitment to ensuring that businesses thrive to generate economic prosperity and sustainable development.

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NLNG Plant Is Not Shut Down, Report Is False And Misleading

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The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) has stated that the operation at its plant on Bonny Island is ongoing, despite a Force Majeure that is still in effect.

It said that the Force Majeure, caused by the unavailability of major liquids evacuation pipelines, was due to acts of sabotage and vandalism and had not halted the overall operations of the company.

The company’s attention was drawn to a report on 17th August 2023 titled “NLNG prolonged shutdown threatens gas production,” published in one of the national newspapers.

NLNG General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Mr Andy Odeh, disclosed this in a statement on Friday 18 August 2023.

“Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) states that the report is false and misleading.”

“NLNG reiterates that operation at its plant on Bonny Island is still active despite a Force Majeure, which still subsists due to the unavailability of upstream gas suppliers’ major liquids evacuation pipelines occasioned by sabotage and vandalism.

“The plant continues to produce LNG and LPG commensurate to the feed gas it receives from its upstream gas suppliers. Its cargo loading operation also continues without interruption. The latest cargo from the Bonny plant sailed on 17th August 2023 to the St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, carrying 140,000 M3 of LNG.

“NLNG remains committed to collaborating with key stakeholders to minimise the impact of the consequent gas supply shortage.

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