Malam Mele Kyari, CEO of the National Petroleum Corporation of Nigeria (NNPC), asked oil and gas industry unions to support his management’s vision of repositioning the company.
The trade unions are the Nigeria Oil and Natural Gas Association (PENGASSAN) and the Nigerian Union of Oil and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).
Kyari revealed it in a statement released by Ndu Ughamadu, the spokesman for the Abuja society on Friday.
Kyari spoke during a visit by the national leadership of PENGASSAN and NUPENG to the NNPC Towers, reports NAN.
He noted that society needed the support of all sectors to continue its role as a key facilitator of the nation’s economy.
He said the company will achieve greater success when stakeholders engage in ownership and offer solutions to their challenges.
“The window to this country is the petroleum industry. Anywhere you go in the world, the first question they will ask you as a Nigerian is on the oil and gas industry.
“And the window to the oil and gas industry is NNPC, so we must all join hands to make NNPC work,” he said.
On the refineries, he said that the corporation was committed to their full rehabilitation in order to produce at optimal capacity and avoid excuses.
Speaking earlier, the President of PENGASSAN, Mr Ndukaku Ohaeri, urged the management to look at the possibility of adopting the NLNG business model for the refineries in order to ensure that they operate profitably on a sustainable basis.
He commended the NNPC leadership for supporting the union in capacity building which had paid off in the quality of engagement and sustenance of industrial harmony.
Also, the President NUPENG, Mr William Akporeha, commended the management of NNPC for its timely intervention in the disputes between the union and International Oil Companies (IOCs).
This, he said had helped a great deal in averting crisis in the industry.
He called on the GMD to equally wade into the persisting casualisation of Nigerians by the foreign oil companies.