Written by Godfrey AKON

PENGASSAN Backs NNPC On Inland Basins Exploration

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has thrown its weight behind the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on its exploratory activities in inland basins.
A statement by the Corporation said the National President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Francis Johnson, expressed confidence that the job undertaken by NNPC in inland basins would benefit the nation ultimately.
 Johnson spoke in Abuja when he led the Central Working Committee, CWC, of the union on a courtesy visit to the NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Mikanti Baru, the statement said. 
NNPC had, in recent times, embarked on aggressive exploratory operations in the nation’s frontier basins of the Chad Basin and Benue Trough in line with the aspiration of the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to increase the reserve base of the country.
 Since his assumption of office last year, Baru has drummed up support for the exploration activities with critical stakeholders in Bauchi, Borno, Sokoto and Nassarawa States.
 In Nassarawa State recently, he disclosed that NNPC’s Frontier Exploration Services, FES, a services company of the Corporation, had mobilized the Integrated Data Services Ltd, IDSL, an upstream arm of the NNPC to acquire seismic data in the Benue Trough commencing from the Keana area.
 At the visit to the GMD, the PENGASSAN National President also commended the NNPC GMD for collaborating with other government agencies and critical stakeholders to bring about efficiency in the Petroleum Industry, adding that his efforts has also led to the improved products supply situation being enjoyed in the country.
 Comrade Johnson said the NNPC Management was capable of returning the refineries to profitability, while expressing the union’s confidence on the Corporation’s effort in that regard.
 “PENGASSAN will support any effective, efficient and sustainable model that can make the refineries viable,’’ Comrade Johnson said.
 He also called on the GMD to intensify the ongoing rehabilitation of the downstream facilities, especially the depots, pipelines, tank farms and jetties to further ensure seamless supply of products across the country.
 On the Petroleum Industry Bill, the PENGASSAN President emphasized the need for its speedy passage, adding that the unions were ready to collaborate with the National Assembly to resolve knotty issues associated with it. .
 Responding, Baru disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had mandated him and the NNPC Management to bring back the refineries to their glorious days and thanked the unions for their belief in his capability to deliver on the president’s mandate.
He said funding had been a major challenge in the rehabilitation of the refineries but was however optimistic that the various options being explored would yield positive results.
 The GMD expressed appreciation to the unions for their support in his effort to move the Petroleum Industry forward, while lauding their pragmatic approach to handling issues, saying this has helped to bring about industrial harmony.
 On his part, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Corporate Services, Alhaji Isah Inuwa, urged the unions to continue to work on the part of amity, while assuring them of NNPC management’s readiness to continue to collaborate with them in the overall interest of the Industry and the nation.


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