NNPC Begins Retail Outlets Expansion Project

Abdullahi Ganduje and Babtunde AdeniranThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has commenced nationwide consultation with stakeholders aimed at drumming support for the planned expansion of its retail outlets.

A statement by the spokesperson of the NNPC on Sunday said the expansion plan would increase the market share of its retail business to an appreciable level from the current 12 per cent by building a mega station in every Senatorial district in Nigeria in the months ahead.

Speaking during the flag-off of consultation during the week with a visit to the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, the Group Executive Director, Commercial and Investment, Dr. Babatunde Adeniran, who led the NNPC delegation, said the purpose of the visit was to solicit for the support of Kaduna State Government to provide lands for building new NNPC petrol stations in the state.

“Our mission is to build three mega stations, one each in the three senatorial districts of the state. We need about 5,000 square meters for each of the station. Each station will have six pumps including that of Liquefied Petroleum Gas which is cooking gas”, the GED said.

Supply Of Petroleum Products

Governor El-Rufai, who was visibly elated, expressed gratitude to the NNPC management for deciding to flag-off the outlets expansion programme in Kaduna State, adding: “Any time NNPC comes visiting, it comes with good news,” he said.

The Governor, who gave express approval for lands to be made available for the NNPC mega stations, said: “I want to assure you that we will give you all the support that you need. The State Director of Lands will take the NNPC project team round the state to look at alternative sites. I don’t know how many you are building, we can give you as many as ten sites if you want”.

He stated that the supply of petroleum products was a key requirement for the prosperity of the country.

The Governor expressed joy that he was happy that NNPC was ready to invest heavily in the retail business to ensure that Nigerians were not exploited by private sector marketers.

He pledged the support of the state government to the success of the NNPC in general and the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) in particular.

Indispensable Business Ally

Speaking in similar vein during the consultative visit to Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, described the NNPC as an indispensable business ally for socio-economic growth of Kano State and the country at large.

“Indeed, collaborating with the NNPC is indispensable if we are to achieve socio-economic development of the State. Kano State being the largest in terms of population and also the commercial nerve center of the North, there is no better organisation to have an alliance with than the NNPC”,  Governor Ganduje said.

He said he had already directed the Commissioner of Lands to work with the NNPC project team in selecting sites that meet the commercial requirement of the new filling stations in all the senatorial districts of the state.

“We know the philosophy behind establishing such retail stations. Considering that you are the custodians of crude oil and petroleum products in Nigeria, one may wonder why you are into retail business.

“But those of us in governance understand the situation because if you leave everything to the marketers, then the problem of control especially of the price and availability will become difficult”, he said.

Governor Ganduje stressed that NNPC mega stations had integrity and do not require any enforcement for compliance on approved prices of petroleum products.

In a related development, the Governor of Jigawa State, Badaru Abubakar, also pledged support for the NNPC retail outlet expansion project.

Goveror Abubakar, who spoke when he received the NNPC delegation for a consultative meeting on the retail expansion project, said that he had directed the Ministry of Lands to provide alternative sites that meet the stipulated requirements for NNPC to choose from.

Dr. Adeniran, however, expressed gratitude to the Governors for their unwavering support for the aspirations and success of the Corporation.

PDP Is The Party To Beat – Governors

PDPGovernors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) say the ruling party remains the party to beat, as the 2015 elections draw closer.

Speaking after a meeting in Abuja, the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Governor Godswill Akpabio, said the governors reviewed the state of the PDP and were confident that the party remained the only national party in Nigeria.

The meeting had 14 state executives present with Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido and his counterparts from Gombe, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Benue and Ekiti noticeably absent.

The Akwa Ibom Governor, who explained the absence of the governors, blamed it on flight problems caused by bad weather.

Obasanjo Confesses He Forced Sule Lamido On Jigawa People

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday congratulated himself for selecting Sule Lamido to be the governor of Jigawa state insisting that his choice has paid off.

The Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido

Mr Obasanjo, speaking as a guest at the Jigawa State Economic Summit, said Governor Lamido has shown by his achievements in office that he was the right person to lead the state.

He said, “You people of Jigawa, once again, I congratulate you and I congratulate myself; because if you can say, yes, Obasanjo forced this one (Governor Lamido) on us, it is a good forcing.

“It comes to one thing that you will say, you can help anybody to find a job but you cannot help anybody to do the job. In this case, we found a job for Sule Lamido. Sule Lamido was ready, willing, able and competent to do the job.”

The relationship between Mr Obasanjo and Governor Lamido dates as far back as 1999 when the former President appointed the governor; Foreign Minister causing friction with the governor’s patron Abubakar Rimi who had been turned down as Obasanjo’s Vice-Presidential partner and was lobbying for the Foreign Minister job.

In May 2003, after the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) had lost the elections in Jigawa State, Governor Lamido claimed that the polls had been rigged in favour of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP).

In August 2006 it was reported that the North West zone of the PDP had rejected Mr Lamido as the candidate for the 2007 governorship election.

However, in April 2007, Lamido contested and won the governorship election in Jigawa State.