BY CHRIS OCHAYI 24-04-2014
ABUJA: The management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has expressed its determination to deliver commercial value for the Federal Government gas revolution agenda in order to ensure efficient gas–to-power, gas-to-industry and sufficient gas for domestic consumption.
The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Engr. Andrew Yakubu made this assertion during the combined opening ceremony of the batches 073 to 079capacity building programme of the NNPC tagged Chief Officers Management Development programme at the NNPC Towers, Abuja.
Engr. Yakubu noted that the NNPC is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the abundant gas value chain is explored maximally stressing that the Corporation must do everything possible to make the Gas Revolution agenda succeed in every ramification.
In challenging the participants, Engr. Yakubu admonished the participants to come up with creative ways of dealing with the target of fully monetizing the gas resource endowment of the nation which remains a crucial deliverable of the Federal Government’s Gas Revolution Agenda.
He emphasized that the management was fully committed to supporting the capacity development programme and will continue to provide all resources required to sustain its growth of the programme.
Delivering a lecture on “Gas Commercialization and Economic Growth”, Professor Pat Utomi of the Lagos Business School posited that the NNPC is required to deliver on the mandate of the gas-to-power strategy execution and effectiveness.
He asserted that there was every need for the NNPC to build human capital focused at the gas knowledge economy that will ensure domestic gas utilization and provision of strong gas infrastructure to protect the environment and bottle the gas for effective consumption.
The Group Executive Director, Corporate Services, Dr. Dan Efebo assured the participants of the preparedness of management to expose them to knowledge that will deliver on the various core mandates of the Corporation.
The Chief Officer’s Management Development Programme, COMDP, batches 073-079 comprises of a total of 375 and they are expected to run a 4-module programme which includes leadership, problem solving research work, oil and gas fundamentals and emerging trends in oil and gas industry.
The programme which is mandatory for senior staff has equipped staff with skills and competences for transition to management cadre in the last 24 years of the Corporation.