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NIPSS, NNPC collaborate to position oil, gas industry for growth

General Lucky Irabor and Mele Kyari

The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), is collaborating with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd., to position the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry for growth and development.

The Director-General, NIPSS, Prof. Ayo Omotayo, said this when he led a delegation from the Institute on a courtesy visit to the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mele Kyari, in Abuja, on Friday.

Omotayo said the collaboration would birth the enactment of strategic policies in the area of infrastructural development and capacity building for NNPC as the transformational process in the oil and gas industry proceeds.

“We have a very fruitful discussion with the GMD, NNPC is transforming and we believe that NIPSS being the foremost think-thank in Nigeria should engage with NNPC to ensure that the transformational process in the oil and gas is valid.”

He said the NIPSS is under the direct control of the Presidency, adding that if you take a look at the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), you will discover that it’s only someone who has a lot of courage like Buhari that can carry out  such a big reform.

“And, we have discussed with NNPC that we should find ways and means of ensuring that the legacies of Buhari in the oil and gas industry are documented for posterity.

“So, we are going to collaborate in the area of infrastructural development and capacity building for NNPC as the transformational process in the oil and gas industry.

Speaking earlier, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chairman Board of Governors NIPSS, Gen. Lucky Irabor, said the NIPSS will play an important role in terms of protecting facilities and impacting knowledge in the sector.

“We are here in partnership with various establishments, notably the NNPC, because NIPSS is the foremost think-tank on strategy and policy matters in Nigeria.

“NIPSS remains an institute that builds the capacity of leaders and builds leaders to formulate policies that are central to the country’s development as a nation.”

We are going to collaborate in the area of infrastructural development and capacity building for NNPC as the transformational process in the oil and gas industry.

Irabor said from that context, NIPSS will be involved not only by helping in manpower development of companies such as NNPC, but equally in areas where those establishments could be of support also to NIPSS.

“So, if NIPSS is providing the manpower development and of course it stands to reason that whatever happens between the oil and gas space, NIPSS is also contributing in that regard.”

Kyari on his part said the NNPC is transforming, and needed to build capacity for leadership, adding that it had already benefited from the NIPSS through a number of participants that had gone through the Institute.

According to him, “NNPC has seen the qualities that have been added to their capacities and their abilities and we will continue to leverage on those opportunities.”

He said more than anything, the NNPC will continue to partner with the Institute in manners that can increase their capacities in terms of infrastructure.

He lauded the NIPSS intention to honour the President, because he has done great for the oil and gas industry by putting in place the PIA.

He said the PIA had opened up investments and created capacities in the industry, adding that it will please the company to join in honouring the president. (NAN)

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