The Nigerian National Petrole Corporation (NNPC) has started its weekly activities with the assurance that it will deliver the Maiduguri power project on time.
Group General Manager Malam Mele Kyari gave the assurance during the inauguration ceremony of the Maiduguri & Surroundings Emergency Power Project (MEPP).
He explained that the project resulted from a presidential directive to provide emergency response to the power supply interruptions that Maiduguri and its surrounding areas face due to relentless insurgent activities.
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The GMD therefore assured the governor and the residents of Maiduguri that the project would be delivered on time and that it would further improve the NNPC’s gas use efforts for the socio-economic benefit of Nigerians.
“NNPC, as the enabling organization, is committed to delivering this project on time and has already awarded the contract to General Electric Global (GE) for the supply of gas turbines, while the engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) has been contracted for China Machinery and Engineering Corporation (CMEC), ”he said.
Kyari noted that the project would be a model for other cities across the country.
Earlier, Borno State Governor Professor Babagana Umara Zulum described this day and event as the happiest day of his life and a huge relief for the people of Maiduguri, who had been without electricity since. nine months.
According to the governor, the NNPC’s commercial investments in the 50 MW combined gas power plant will ultimately increase the level of energy supply in Maiduguri and the surrounding area, which will have a positive impact on the state’s economy. once completed.
He said the Borno state government will do everything possible to ensure maximum safety of life and property for the project implementation team and residents of the state.
“I assure you that as a government we will provide the security essential to ensure that this high pressure project is completed in terms of cost, scope and quality,” Zulum added.
Maiduguri has been without electricity since January due to the activities of insurgents who blew up transmission lines on at least two occasions.
In August, NNPC signed a formal contract with CMEC and GE on the project. The groundbreaking ceremony marks the official start of the project, as the contractors have since moved to the site.
In addition, Kyari won the week’s Zik Leadership Award, honorary doctorate in public sector governance, which has been described by stakeholders as a consequence of the milestone achievements the company has achieved over the past two years under the leadership of Kyari.
First, the GMD was awarded an honorary doctorate in public sector governance from Kaduna State University at the institution’s 3rd graduation ceremony held in Kaduna.
He was represented on this occasion by his Senior Business Adviser, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar.
The same week, Kyari was also announced as the recipient of the 2020 Zik Leadership Award in Public Service. Other laureates along with Kyari include Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who won the Good Governance Award, and Former Senate Speaker, Anyim Pius Anyim, who won the award. political leadership.
In addition, the President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, and the Director General and CEO of the Nigerian Maritime Safety and Security Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, were also named winners of the Zik Public Service Award.
Speaking while revealing the award winners, Professor Pat Utomi, a member of the Center for Research and Analysis of Public Policy (PPRAC), the organizers of the award, touted the leadership virtues of Kyari and other laureates. , pointing out that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the center was able to identify exceptional Nigerians for the price.
It is interesting to note that these awards are in recognition of GMD’s outstanding performance in the office culminating in the transformation of the Company from a losing position to a profitable position.
Regarding the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), the company reaffirmed in the week its commitment to abide by the law during the transition from its current status to a limited liability company governed by the Companies and Related Affairs Act (CAMA ) and the transformation of the Nigerian oil industry under the new law.
The group’s executive director, finance and accounts of the company, Mr. Umar Ajiya, revealed this during a courtesy visit to the director general of the National Pensions Commission (PENCOM) in Abuja.
He said the purpose of the visit was to assure the Commission of the NNPC leadership’s commitment to PENCOM regulations, adding that according to this commitment, the NNPC pension fund was fully funded.
He revealed that NNPC Pension Fund Limited will soon be submitting applications to the Commission to operate as a Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) and for the construction of a five-star hotel in Abuja.
In response, PENCOM Managing Director Aisha Dahiru Umar, who was represented by the Inspection Commissioner, Mr. Clement Oyedele Akintola, commended the NNPC leadership for their open door policy and assured the company of the support. of the Commission.