The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Malam Mele Kyari, has charged the newly reconstituted Board of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company to sustain an all-season availability of products across the country.
Kyari made the call in a statement signed by the corporation’s spokesman, Dr. Kennie Obateru, in Abuja on Friday.
Kyari spoke while inaugurating the new board of the corporation’s downstream subsidiary at the NNPC Towers.
He said the PPMC was a vital asset critical to the delivery of the corporation’s constitutional responsibility of energy sufficiency to the nation.
He said: “The PPMC is the live wire of our country’s energy supply system.
“It is not just a business, but a major strategic asset of this corporation operating in line with the provisions of the laws of the country which says that NNPC must guarantee energy sufficiency for this country.”
Kyari urged members of the new board to guide the company’s management in deepening its focus on commerciality for greater value addition to the shareholders.
He said the company had huge potential that could help it overcome the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 pandemic and oil price fluctuations.
He noted that its network of structure and competence for handling efficient products distribution nationwide were second to none in the country.
He commended the Management of PPMC for the recent encouraging performance as reported in the audited financial statement and urged the team to improve on it.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of PPMC, Musa Lawan, said the company under his watch would continue to focus on profitability and efficiency in marketing refined petroleum products.
Lawan emphasised that energy security would continue to be a top priority as the company continues on the path of automation of its services.
The reconstituted Board of the PPMC is made up of Kyari as Chairman; Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, Lawrencia Ndupu, as Alternate Chairman; and Ibrahim Bello as Secretary.
Also, the Chief Operating Officer, Upstream, Adokiye Tombomieye; and Lawan are members.
Others members are Group General Manager, Corporate Planning and Strategy, Oritsemeyiwa Eyesan; Group General Manager, Accounts, Isiaku Abdullahi; Executive Director, Shared Services, PPMC, Kola Otitonaiye; and Executive Director, Commercial, PPMC, Naheem Adio.