Buhari Unveils NNPC Limited

President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) Limited.

Buhari Unveils NNPC Limited
Buhari Unveils NNPC Limited

The landmark event, which took place in Abuja on Tuesday, officially transformed the oil firm from a state-run oil corporation to a commercial venture.

The event taking place in Abuja on Tuesday has some top government officials in attendance.

The unveiling has the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; and the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mele Kyari; among other top stakeholders in the oil and gas sector.

The transitioning from NNPC Group to NNPC Limited is in accordance with the Petroleum Industry Act.

According to the Act, NNPC Limited will run a commercial and profit-focused organization under the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA).

On July 1, 2022, the NNPC Limited legally transformed into a company whose operations and activities are regulated under the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), following the provision of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021.

Speaking at the event, Buhari said the transformation would strengthen the capacity and market relevance of Nigeria’s oil industry.

“This is a landmark event for the Nigerian oil industry. Our country places a high premium on creating the right atmosphere that supports investment and growth to boost our economy and continues to play an important role in sustaining global energy requirements. We are transforming our petroleum industry to strengthen its capacity and market relevance for the present and future global energy priorities,” he said

“By chance of history, I was privileged to lead the creation of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation on July 1, 1977. 44 years later, I was again privileged to sign the Petroleum Industry ACT (PIA) in 2021, heralding the long-awaited reform of our petroleum sector.

“The provision of PIA 2021 has given the Nigerian petroleum Industry a new impetus with the improved fiscal framework, transparent governance, enhanced regulation, and the creation of a commercially-driven and independent national oil company that will operate without relying on government funding and free from institutional regulations such as the treasury single account (TSA), public requirement and fiscal responsibility act (FRA)

“It will of course conduct itself under the best international business practices in transparency, governance, and commercial viability.

“Coincidentally, on the first of July 2022, I authorized the transfer of assets from the NNPC to a successor company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited  (NNPC) Limited, and stirred the implementation leading to the unveiling of Africa’s largest national oil company today.”

Buhari added that NNPC Limited would now operate as a commercial oil company with over 200 million shareholders with integrity and excellence

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