The new Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has revealed that local refineries do not need all the 445, 000 barrel per day crude allocation to the corporation.
Kachikwu noted during a session with the management staff of NNPC in Abuja that the refineries capacity requires about 300,000bpd.
He said at the meeting that managing directors of the nation’s four refineries would be empowered to take certain decisions without recourse to the headquarters, a move which would enable the corporation to assess their performance.
He, however, warned that any manger “who cannot meet its target would be replaced and if I have to go to the private sector to get capable hands to manage the refineries, I will.”
He stressed that all local crude allocation to the corporation must be accounted for in the new dispensation.
An NNPC statement by its spokesman, Ohi Alegbe, on Friday disclosed that Kachikwu implored the management to team up with him to close the skills gap and turn the fortunes of the corporation around.
The GMD said efforts were in top gear to create a conducive working environment for members of staff, adding that for the NNPC to transform into a profit centre like its peers in other climes, the morale of the work force must be high.
He urged the management to provide leadership by example to the workforce adding that sectionalism, tribalism and any form of non-transparent transactions must be completely stamped out of the NNPC.
The GMD noted that his administration would ensure that all the refineries of the corporation are run efficiently and profitably to meet the energy needs of the country.
He said the Corporate Service Unit and all the Strategic Business Units of the corporation would henceforth be run as profit centre while noting that the days when the corporation was perceived as a civil service organisation instead of a corporation were over.
The GMD urged members of staff to act as change agents and assured that in the next 60 days some of the strategic targets would be translated into concrete milestones to the appreciation of all Nigerians.
Meanwhile, NNPC has decried attempts by a section of the media to politicise the recent appointments and retirements in the corporation by imputing ethnic colouration to the exercise.
The corporation clarified that the appointments were made with the express approval of President Muhammadu Buhari and in compliance with extant laws regarding federal character, while the retirement exercise affected all those who were to retire between now and 2016 without any regard to ethnicity or state of origin.
“The recent appointments, promotions, and retirements are all a part of the ongoing restructuring exercise aimed at repositioning the corporation into a lean, efficient, profit-driven organisation in line with international best practices without regard to primordial sentiments”.
It called on the Nigerian public to discountenance any report aimed at denigrating the ongoing reorganisation exercise in the corporation.