WE’LL DEPLOY CNG TO ALL NNPC STATIONS BY DECEMBER- NNPC GMD

WE’LL DEPLOY CNG TO ALL NNPC STATIONS BY DECEMBER- NNPC GMD

Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, said on Monday that the retailing stations operated by the oil firm would have the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) by December.

He said that the deployment will be extended to independent retail stations as the NNPC plans to replicate the plants in about 200 to 300 non-NNPC owned petrol stations by the end of 2021.

Kyari, disclosed this to reporters in Abuja after “The Value chain Third Annual Lecture & Awards. The lecture was tagged The role of media in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry Reform & Investment”.

Speaking on the topic, Kyari said the new media is defiant to what the corporation does. He denounced the setback that adversarial journalism and fake news pose to national development and urged the conventional media to serve as a genuine validation source to the social media news.

He said, “There is a journalism now that has come. It is called new media or fake news. Today, journalism is on people’s telephone handset. You can have an individual not a corporate entity with a million audiences. There is no control over what he does.

“So, companies should refocus on the new media as wrong information is planted on the minds of the people and you will never be able to take it out”.

He sought for synergy between the corporation and the media in order to have an avid understanding of exactly what the corporation does.

Presenting his paper, the African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation (APPO) Secretary-General, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, stated that most of the journalists covering the oil and gas beats, lack insight of the industry and the issues involved.

Ibrahim urged the National Assembly to address the issues of Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and that lawmakers should enact a law to be called Energy Journalists Fund.

According to him, petroleum is a critical sector, which its information deserves a special attention as such a fund in the rank of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) is desirable for the promotion of oil and gas journalism in Nigeria.

 

THE NATION