New Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mr Mele Kyari yesterday assumed office setting targets that included fixing all the country’s refineries before 2023 when President Muhammadu Buhari would leave office.
Speaking after a ceremonial handover from his predecessor Mr Maikanti Baru in Abuja, Kyari said the corporation under his watch would focus on delivering the expectations of every Nigerian in terms of availability of petroleum products.
At the event which also had in attendance acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr. Ibrahim Magu, Kyari promised to run the national oil firm in the most transparent and corrupt-free manner that will benefit every Nigerian.
He said he will expand the frontiers of engagement with stakeholders particularly the National Assembly, state governments and the global transparency community like Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) and Nigeria EITI (NEITI).
The new GMD, who also promised to be accountable to the public, however, warned that he would not guarantee that all data of NNPC would be publicly available.
“There are data that you cannot publish, I have always said this to our colleagues in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and EITI we will not disclose every data. There are data that are of commercial value. Sometimes institutions ask us to disclose every data that we have. I am sure it is fair to say that we cannot disclose every data,” Kyari said.
Speaking on the refineries, the GMD said it was sad that despite being an oil producing country with four refineries, Nigeria continues to import sometimes 100 per cent of its petroleum product requirements.
“We will make sure that within the life of this administration, before Baba’s tenure (Mr Buhari) ends in 2023, we will deliver on the four refineries. And we will do more than that. We will encourage private refineries particularly the Dangote refinery which can be the game changer for all of us,” he said.
He said by having the four refineries functional by 2023 and with the Dangote refinery running as well as other refining initiatives, by the time President Buhari leaves, “this country must be a net exporter of petroleum products.”