Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced plan to build more depots across the country.
The group managing director of the corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while inaugurating the board of one of its downstream Companies, NNPC Retail limited.
According to statement from the Corporation, Dr Baru stated that the move would ease products supply and distribution in the country.
The GMD was said to have charged members of the board to expand the company’s market share from 13 to 30 per cent stressing that building more depots by the corporation was more feasible than acquiring dormant ones.
The statement signed by the Corporation’s spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu explained that Baru lauded NNPC Retail for its strong intervention to wet the market at a time when other downstream players were playing underhand games to create artificial scarcity.
The GMD tasked the board to aggressively see to the expansion of the NNPC Retail beyond the shores of Nigeria, adding: “By mid-2019, you should be having plans to go into the sub-region, this board should propel NNPC Retail into a new height’’.
On diversification and backward integration, the GMD directed the company to venture into lubricants production, marine and industrial services to boost its revenue profile as it was in line with our quest as an integrated oil company
Responding, chairman of the board and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Gas and Power, Engr Saidu Mohammed, said as an NNPC-owned company, the watch word for NNPC Retail should be “efficiency and profitability, especially in a downstream system like ours that is highly competitive.”
He pledged the commitment of the board and management of the company to the attainment of the goals of the corporation.
Managing Director of the Company, Mr. Yemi Adetunji, expressed delight that the GMD had reinforced the vision of the company to expand beyond the shores of Nigeria, adding that the targets were achievable especially with the support of the board and management of the company.
Other members of the board include: Engineer Henry Ikem Obih, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Downstream, as alternate Chairman; COO, Refineries, Engr. Anibo Kragha; GGM, Shipping, Hajia Aisha Ahmadu Katagun; Mr. Yemi Adetunji and some other top Management Staff.
Mrs. Obioma Agbambo, Company Secretary and Legal Adviser, NNPC Retail, will serve as Secretary to the board.
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