Group General Managing Director Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC Malam Mele Kyari has described the Petroleum Industry Bill as top on the agenda at the moment in the country.
Kyari who made this declaration yesterday in Abuja during the 3rd edition of the Valuechain Magazine’s Annual Lecture & Awards also said that greater engagements with the media would lead to appropriate clarity.
Kyari who acknowledged that the PIB conversation has been on for over two decades said that the media have beamed their searchlight on almost every process of the bill’s journey thus far.
According to him, “as Industry practitioners, we are well at home with our responsibility of not only ensuring that the PIB is passed into law, but also with the task of delivering value to our most important stakeholders the over 200 million Nigerians.”
“As you all know here, the PIB is by no means the single most important piece of legislation for this Administration and by extension for us in the Industry.”
He said that although the bill is still not yet over the line after two decades, however, it is heart gladdening that there is a renewed commitment on the part of everyone to get it passed.
He said that the NNPC shall sustain unflinching support to the government and the media in efforts at educating the public on this legislation.
“I am optimistic that through positive engagement and collaboration between the Executive, the Legislature and other stakeholders, the PIB will smoothly scale through the remaining legislative hurdles so that in the coming days, Nigerians will begin to see that with such legislation in place, the future of Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry is certain and assured.”
The NNPC boss who said that the Corporation is open to partnerships with the media in terms of capacity building especially as it relates to the PIB added that every Nigerian deserves to know what this legislation means for the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.
And that it is duty-bound on the media to continue to scrutinize the provisions of the bill in order to provide validation and even additional value.
He also declared that the Corporation is never afraid of any scrutiny.
According to him, “I have said it times without number that the NNPC never afraid of any scrutiny. We will continue to play our strategic role as a key enabler of Nigeria’s economy.”
He said that the Corporation under his watch is commitment towards entrenching Transparency, Accountability and best-in-class Performance Excellence (#TAPE) in all its operations.
Kyari also claimed that since coming on board the Corporation has been very open in dealings with partners and stakeholders.
“From the unprecedented publication of our Audited Financial Statement (ATS) and monthly financial and operational reports to crude term contracts and several other bids and contracting processes, we are not relenting until this great Corporation attains global excellence.” He said.
He said that the media has served as a platform for clarification and enlightenment on issues and trends in that affect NNPC and the broader oil and gas sector.
“From oil price crash to the COVID 19 pandemic, Nigerians have followed with keen interest the developments as they unfold on our pages and screens.”
“I am even more delighted to be part of this gathering which has brought together seasoned Oil & Gas Industry professionals and veteran media practitioners so as to chart a common cause for the oil and gas Industry, unarguably, Nigeria’s most important sector.”
He said that the media as proverbial Fourth Estate of the Realm, has always been true to its most critical role of a life-long commitment to selfless service for the public good.
“We cannot therefore forget in a jiffy, the role played by some veterans and doyens of the journalism profession in Nigeria’s democratic process.”
“A few examples abound here: Chief Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Chief Lateef Jakande, Chief Segun Osoba, Uncle Sam Amuka-Pemu, Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, Prince Tony Momoh, Yakubu Mohammed, Nduka Obaigbena, Ray Ekpu, Mallam Mohammed Haruna, Kabiru Yusuf, Sam Nda-Isiaih, Soji Akinrinade, to mention but a few.”
He argued that Media’s critical role today has gone beyond just informing, educating and entertaining the audience and metamorphosed into what is now referred to as developmental journalism.
According to him, “this is done when the media asked probing questions in the way people are governed and ultimately, by joining forces with critical stakeholders and decision-makers in the society towards making life better for the common man.”
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