The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has felicitated with the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, on his recent conferment of award 2018 NewsDirect Man of the Year. In a congratulatory message signed by Comrades Francis Johnson and Lumumba Okugbawa, President and General Secretary, respectively of PENGASSAN, the association described the award as another landmark on Dr. Baru’s much decorated cap. “It is a sterling acknowledgement of your unmatchable industry and experience, impeccable character and capacity as an astute manager of men and resources to achieve set goals and objectives,’’ the statement read in part. The association also commended the NNPC GMD for dedicating the award to the tireless and ever indefatigable staff of NNPC, noting that the leadership of the union was elated to share in the moment of exemplary recognition and distinction the award accorded Dr. Baru. PENGASSAN said it aligned itself with ongoing strategic discussions between the NNPC management and various consortia on the best possible funding option for the overhaul of the nation’s refineries. ‘‘We are also aware that under your management and leadership, the NNPC has made remarkable progress in resuscitating other critical downstream infrastructure by making it a key component of your corporate vision of the 12 Business Focus Areas, (BUFA) geared towards ensuring uninterrupted supply of petroleum products nationwide,’’ PENGASSAN said.