• Corporation boss wins Sun Man of the Year
Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Malam Mele Kyari, has promised that the corporation will remain transparent and accountable to Nigerians.
Kyari spoke at the weekend when The Sun Publishing Company Limited, publishers of The Sun Newspaper titles honoured him the as “The Sun Man of The Year,” the biggest personal recognition by the newspaper.
The GMD received the award at a ceremony attended by eminent Nigerians at the Eko Hotel & Suites on Victoria Island in Lagos on Saturday.
NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Malam Garba Deen Muhammad, announced Kyari’s award in a statement yesterday in Abuja.
The statement said those at the ceremony included a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Ambassador Babagana Kingibe; Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje; Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu; Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki; former Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu; captains of industries and seasoned public servants.
Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Newspapers Limited, Mr. Onuoha Ukeh said Kyari was honoured for his doggedness and resilience in managing the operations of the NNPC during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, which caused the economies of many countries across the word to struggle for survival.
Ukeh said: “Take Mele Kyari and dissect. In addition to the record-breaking N287 billion profits posted for 2020, the best since inception in 44 years, the NNPC, which he heads, published the Audited Financial Statements (AFS). It was trailblasing and a whiff of good fortune in a beleaguered entity and time.”
Responding, Kyari said the NNPC remained committed to conducting its operations with transparency and accountability.
The NNPC boss attributed the successes recorded by the corporation’s management team to the freehand and support they got from President Muhammadu Buhari, who he said had never interfered in its affairs.
“What we have done in recent years is to ensure that we take out all the opaqueness in NNPC. We also ensured that we represent Nigerians and work for them,” Kyari added.
He described the award as a huge responsibility and a privilege that would spur him to do more for the benefit of the over 200 million Nigerians.
The NNPC boss was accompanied by some members of his management team, namely: the Group Executive Director (GED) Finance & Accounts, Mr. Umar Ajiya; GED Upstream, Adokiye Tombomieye; GED Gas & Power, Mr. Mohammed Ahmed and GED Ventures & Business Development, Sir Billy Okoye.
Others are: Group, General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr. Bala Wunti; MD, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Mohammed Ali-Zara and MD, Integrated Data Services Limited (IDSL), Mr. Marcel Amu.
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