NNPC gets ISO certification, commences full commercialization by July 1

Solomon Ezeme

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) has received two ISO (International Standard Organization) certificates from the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), to prepare it as part of plans to commence operations as a fully privatized entity by July 1, 2022.

The National Petroleum Investment Management Services which is also the Upstream wing of the NNPC, presented the certificates to the national oil Company during the launch of its Electronic Materials Management Solution (EMMS) in Abuja.

The certification is aimed at presenting the NNPC to the international oil market as an oil and gas company fully compliant with global best practices in the oil and gas industry.

Receiving the certificates on behalf of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the Company, thanked NAPIMS and promised that the Company will ensure it follows due process in all of its operations when it commences by July.

“I commend the NNPC Upstream Directorate and NAPIMS for this great job. Going forward as we transit fully into NNPC Ltd, all our business processes and procedures will be duly certified in line with Industry best practices,” Kyari said.

He also stated that the government-owned oil Company will be inviting stakeholders in the country’s oil sector to officially mark the beginning of its commercial operations.

“By 1st of July I am sure we are going to invite everyone here to join us to switch over to an entirely new company,” the NNPC GMD said.

Speaking on the reason for the certifications, Bala Wunti, the Group General Manager of NAPIMS said, “We had to develop a strategy that gave us an end-to-end visibility on our assets. We believe that by fully standardizing our processes and procedures, we would have re-engineered our business and operating model.”

Senator Margery Okadigbo, Board Chairperson of the NNPC who was also present at the event, stated that the certifications are proof of the long-standing professional conduct of the Company.

“The attainment of ISO Certification in Business Continuity Management Systems & Quality Management  Systems,  further attests to the commitment of NNPC Board towards Transparency, Accountability & Performance Excellence (TAPE),” Sen. Okadigbo noted.