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NNPC boss promises transparency, accountability after receiving Man of Year award

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, has promised to continuously ensure that the corporation’s activities were transparent and accountable as expected by Nigerians.

Kyari said that the leadership of the corporation would often ensure that NNPC represents Nigerians interest and in achieving desired growth and development of the country.

The NNPC boss gave the assurance yesterday after receiving “The Sun Man of The Year Award”, alongside Governors and other personalities that were also recognised for their contribution to the country’s development by a media organisation in Lagos.

He attributed the successes recorded by the management team of the NNPC to the freehand and support accorded him by President Muhammadu Buhari, who he said had never interfered in the affairs of the Corporation.

“What we have done in recent years is to ensure that we take out all the opaqueness in NNPC. We also ensured that we represent Nigerians and work for them,” the GMD/CEO added.

While commending the media organisation for the recognition, Kyari, who was accompanied by some management staff of the corporation, described the honour as a huge responsibility and a privilege that would spur him to do more for the benefit of the over 200 million Nigerians.

Some of the members were the Group Executive Director (GED) Finance & Accounts, Umar Ajiya; GED Upstream, Engr. Adokiye Tombomieye; GED Gas & Power, Mohammed Ahmed; GED Ventures & Business Development, Sir Billy Okoye; Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Bala Wunti; MD, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Mohammed Ali-Zara and MD, Integrated Data Services Ltd (IDSL), Marcel Amu.

Earlier, the Editor-in-Chief of The Sun, Onuoha Ukeh said Kyari was honoured for his doggedness and resilience in the way he managed NNPC operations when the country was on lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Ukeh noted that while many countries economy struggled during the pandemic peak, the NNPC was still providing the needed resources for the country to meet its obligations to Nigerians.

Explaining further, Ukeh said: “Take Mele Kyari and dissect. In addition to the record-breaking N287 billion profits posted for 2020, the best since inception 44 years, the NNPC which he heads published the Audited Financial Statements (AFS). It was trailblazing and a whiff of good fortune in a beleaguered entity and time.”

Some of the dignitaries at the award were former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe; Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, his Ondo counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu; Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; Abia State former Governor, Orji Kalu; captains of industries and seasoned public servants.

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