Friday, May 21, 2010

Nigeria: Locals Will Benefit From Their Oil, Says New NNPC Boss

Hamisu Muhammad

The new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Engr Austen Olusegun Oniwon has officially resumed duties assuring that he would use his wealth of experience to impact on the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

Engr Oniwon spoke after taking over from his predecessor Alhaji Shehu Ladan who occupied the position for 41 days.

He said he was prepared to turn around the fortunes of the corporation for good, adding that he would ensure that Nigerians enjoy the benefit of being an oil producing country.

Oniwon expressed his readiness to ensure efficient distribution and supply of petroleum products across the nooks and cranny of the country.

He noted that several feats were achieved during Mallam Ladan's time, which he listed to include the cementing of the relationship between the NNPC and the National Assembly as well as the International Oil Companies (IOCs).

The new GMD commended Ladan for carrying all the management and staff along and promised to operate an open door policy that would meet the needs of all stakeholders in the oil and gas industry in the country.

In his remarks, the outgoing GMD Mallam Shehu Ladan thanked the management and staff for their cooperation and urged them to give their maximum support to the new man in charge.

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