Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited was on Tuesday, given a national awards for his contribution to the growth and development of Nigeria’s energy sector.
Kyari was decorated with Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) accolade by President Muhammadu Buhari during the award ceremony at the State House, Abuja.
The achievements of the NNPC Boss have been recognized both locally and internationally.
Kyari has won the Leadership Newspapers Group Chief Executive Officer of the year award for 2021; the African Energy Chief Executive Officer of the year award; the 2020 Zik prize for public service leadership; the Sun Man of the year award; and the BusinessDay energy executive of the year award among others.
His achievement has been described as unrivaled in the history of the National Oil Company.
He was responsible for the Open Government Initiative that ushered in an era of transparency and accountability in the NNPC’s operations.
He has also kept his promise to the NNPC and Nigeria by increasing the nation’s oil reserves to 40 billion barrels, from 37 billion barrels.
The NNPC Boss has also assisted in resolving disputes around deep offshore bloc to further boost the nation’s oil production, and ensuring the successful flag-off of the construction of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline project.
the NNPC Group which became a CAMA Company in 2021 following the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act, grew its profit from N287bn in 2020 to N674bn in 2021 under Kyari’s leadership.
The N674bn profit posted by the NNPC Group in the 2021 financial period represents an increase of N387bn or 134.8 per cent when compared to the N287bn recorded in 2020.
The 2021 financial year made it the fourth consecutive years that the NNPC will be making its Audited Financial Statement public.
This was one of the innovations made by Kyari when he took over the helms of affairs of the National Oil Company.
Since he assumed office, Kyari has pursued his Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE) agenda, a five-step strategic roadmap for NNPC’s attainment of efficiency and global excellence.
Kyari, during the inauguration, had said pursuing TAPE was the only way to turn around the corporation and make it competitive.
Under the roadmap, the Transparency component of the agenda was aimed at maintaining positive image, share values of integrity and transparency to all stakeholders, while the Accountability segment of the campaign is to assure compliance with business ethics, policies, regulations and accountability to all stakeholders.
In terms of the two-prong item of Performance Excellence, Kyari had said the idea was to entrench a high level of efficiency anchored on efficient implementation of business processes which would also emplace an appropriate reward system for exceptional performance among the workforce.