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NNPC’s Kyari urges stakeholders: “Stop congratulating me on reappointment”



NNPC's Kyari urges stakeholders: "Stop congratulating me on reappointment"

Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, has made an unusual appeal to oil and gas stakeholders and the public, urging them to refrain from sending congratulatory messages following his recent reappointment.


Kyari, in a press statement issued today, expressed his gratitude to stakeholders and Nigerians for their enthusiasm surrounding his reappointment by President Bola Tinubu. However, he emphasized that he perceives this reappointment as a renewed challenge and is fully committed to stabilizing the oil industry while enhancing service delivery to boost revenue.


The Chief Communication Officer of NNPC Limited, Olufemi O. Soneye, released the statement, outlining Kyari’s appeal to stakeholders and the general public to rally behind the company under his leadership. Kyari humbly called for support to ensure the success of NNPC’s mandate.

“I kindly request all parties concerned to refrain from issuing congratulatory messages on my reappointment,” Kyari was quoted as saying in the press statement.


This unusual request raises questions about the CEO’s perspective on the nature of his reappointment and his desire to shift the focus from personal recognition to a collective effort in addressing challenges and achieving goals within the NNPC.


Kyari, known for his leadership style that emphasizes transparency and efficiency, appears to be redirecting attention to the tasks at hand. The oil industry has faced numerous challenges, including fluctuations in global oil prices, demands for cleaner energy, and the need for technological advancements. Kyari, with his renewed mandate, aims to steer NNPC through these challenges.


The GCEO’s call for restraint in sending congratulatory messages suggests a desire for a more action-oriented and results-driven approach. It signals a commitment to meaningful collaboration and collective effort in achieving the objectives of NNPC under his continued leadership.


While it remains unconventional for a leader to discourage congratulatory messages, Kyari’s approach may be an attempt to underscore the urgency of the tasks ahead and emphasize the importance of concerted efforts over personal accolades.


As the oil and gas industry navigates a complex landscape, stakeholders and the public will be watching closely to see how this unusual request aligns with the GCEO’s actions and the outcomes achieved during his renewed tenure at the helm of NNPC.

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EFCC, NUPENG Join forces against oil theft



The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG)is seeking a collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)to fight the scourge of illegal oil bunkering in the country.



The President of the Union, William Akporeha made the request when he led members of his executive to the corporate headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.




Akporeha, who commended the EFCC boss for repositioning the anti-graft agency on the path of professionalism and rule of law, stressed the need to sanitise the oil and gas industry.



Akporeha itemised some of the challenges involved in the movement of petroleum products across the country, pleading with the EFCC to always come to the aid of truck drivers experiencing difficulties in the course of their works.




In his response, Olukoyede said it is important that major players in the oil and gas sector collaborated with the EFCC to confront the National Economic sabotage in the sector.




He assured members of the union that the Commission would not arrest or detain any truck or driver who did not dabble into shady deals, noting that the process of profiling suspected oil thieves and evaluation of petroleum products involved are often long drawn.



Olukoyede promises to continue to work with every stakeholder in the oil and gas sector to ensure sanity in their operations.

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Kidnap kingpin, Boderi, feared killed as troops battle terrorists in Kaduna



Troops of the Nigerian Army operating in 1 Division area of responsibility have neutralised some insurgents and recovered more firearms and ammunition in encounters with the criminals in the General area of Igabi, Giwa and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.


A Statement by the Army spokeperson, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu said a notorious terrorist, Boderi, who orchestrated many high profile kidnappings including those of the Yauri school girls, Greenfield University students and the Nigerian Defence Academy attack may have been killed alongside another kingpin, Bodejo in the ambush.


The statement said while on a fighting patrol along Maganda-Dausayi – Mugaba axis, troops came under fire from insurgents who employed rustled herds of cattle as shields while they engaged the troops with direct fire. Two of the terrorists were killed in the process and arms as well as other items including 1 Techno phone, 3 Hilux vehicles and motorcycle keys, wraps of substance suspected to be marijuana, tramadol tablets and the sum of 13,200 Naira only, were recovered.


Also, during the encounter, some of the rustled livestock used as shield by the insurgents were caught in the crossfire. Troops are still on the trail of the fleeing insurgents and remain resolute on ridding the area of armed violence according to the army.


In a separate operation, conducted by troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday 22 February 2024, the troops successfully ambushed marauding insurgents along the Bada – Riyawa axis on the Kaduna – Birnin Gwari Road. In the encounter, troops killed 6 insurgents and recovered arms and 19 motorcycles which were destroyed.

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Senate confirms Cardoso Chairman, CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee, 11 others as members



The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Olayemi Cardoso, as Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee alongside eleven others.



The confirmation follows the adoption of a report of the committee on Banking and other Financial Institutions presented by its chairman Adetokunbo Abiru (APC Lagos East).



Abiru, in his presentation, said the nominees possess the academic qualifications, technical knowledge and professional experience to be members of the Monetary Policy Committee.



Abiru further stated that the Senate Committee on Banking did not receive any petition against the nominees.



He added that the nominees were all cleared by the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Services and possessed the Code of Conduct Bureau acknowledgment slip.




Other lawmakers in their submission charged the newly confirmed Members of the MPC to come up with proper economic policies to salvage the current situation in the country.



Those confirmed are CBN Deputy Governors, Mohamed Sani Abdullahi , Bala Bello, Emem Usoro and Philip Ikeazor.



Others are the Director General, Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Jafiya Shehu, murtala Sabo Sagagi, Aloysius Uche, Aku Paulin, Mustapha Akinwumi and Bandele Amon.

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