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I Will Grow NNPC Under My Watch—Baru


Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru, has reinstated his desire to take the organisation to greater heights.

Speaking at his maiden town hall meeting with members of staff at the NNPC Towers in Abuja on Wednesday, Karu said NNPC under his watch will continue with the previous initiatives to further grow the business and increase profitability as envisioned by the founders of the body.

His words, “The NNPC is today in transition for positive reform; a transition to autonomy, profitability and growth. This transition is not only inevitable but imperative in the light of current business realities and the onus on NNPC to deliver on its statutory mandate.”

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Continuing, the GMD said, “We have a collective responsibility to ensure the success of this ongoing reform in NNPC. The task of doing so begins with you and me, by changing our attitude; particularly, the way we work and do business.”

“We are all required to develop mindsets that emphasize diligence, commitment and sacrifice. Therefore, it is indeed not going to be business as usual,” he reminded the staff.

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Karu said in line with the NNPC’s mission statement of being an integrated oil and gas company engaged in adding value to the Nations hydrocarbon for the benefit of Nigerians, the Corporation under him would focus on a 12 point agenda to support and drive the actualization of the mission.

He disclosed the theme of the agenda as “Moving NNPC Forward…Together” adding that “in the race to change the fortunes of our dear Corporation for the better, I cannot do it all alone. Therefore, we are all in this together.”

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The GMD outlined the agenda to include security, new business models, Joint Venture cash calls, production and reserve growth, NPDC growth, gas development, oil and gas infrastructure, refinery upgrade and expansion.

Commenting on behalf of the staff, the NNPC Group Chairman of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), Comrade Mathew Duru expressed the readiness of the Unions to support Dr. Baru and his management team to succeed in their onerous task to reposition the Corporation for growth and profitability.

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Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

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