NPDC to grow crude production by 250,000bpd

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Joseph Dawha, has hinted that its upstream subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), would be encouraged to grow additional 250,000 barrels of crude oil production per day as a way of boosting gas supply and expanding infrastructure to enhance gas availability for power generation and feedstock for gas-based industries.

Dawha, who gave the charge at the 2014 NNPC IT Knowledge Sharing and Direction Setting Workshop, which held recently at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, disclosed that NNPC under his watch in the short term will focus on three key areas of ramping and driving performance management and improving core processes to instill a culture of performance and boost productivity, challenged the Information Technology Division of the corporation to evolve innovative ideas and strategies to support management’s three-point agenda.

The GMD who was represented by the Group Executive Director, Business Development, Dr. Attahiru Yussuf, urged the division to be strategic and proactive in generating ideas and deploying cutting-edge technologies that could promote the efficient and speedy achievement of the three key short-term objectives of management.

“I urge you to re-equip yourselves to play a leading role in accelerating change across the entire corporation. To lead this transformation, our IT executives must re-imagine their roles by seeing themselves – and encouraging others to see them – as chief executives of an information business.

“Like any chief executive, our IT leadership should bring vision, direction and organisation to NNPC’s big data investment priorities. That means engaging internal customers on their biggest challenges while attracting the best talents and suppliers; most importantly, it means being accountable for execution and results,” the GMD stated.

Speaking on his expectation from the workshop, Dawha said he anticipates “firm decisions on five levers that are required to step up the impact of IT in NNPC to enable us achieve the above corporate aspirations.”

He listed the five levers to include: effective IT governance; availability and stability of connectivity; supportive technology adoption programme; pace of technology assimilation capacity and consistent use of proven methodology.

Speaking earlier in a welcome address, the Group Executive Director in charge of the Engineering & Technology Directorate, Mr. Adebayo Ibirogba, said the main objective of the workshop was to get NNPC to “compare notes with the best in Nigeria on how they think, plan and organise their IT businesses.”

Source : SunOnline

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