The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Engr. Andrew Yakubu, on Wednesday urged members of Staff of the Corporation to embrace Information Technology and imbibe the tenets of Health Safety and Environment so as to remain competitive in the global oil and gas industry.
Speaking at the formal opening ceremony of the combined IT/HSE Awareness Week of the Corporation, themed Beyond Compliance, held at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, Engr. Yakubu noted that IT and HSE have become key business drivers and enablers not only in the oil and gas industry but in every facet of business and human endeavours including organizations and individuals striving to be competitive at the global level.
“My dear colleagues, IT and HSE are here to stay in NNPC and because they work, I urge all staff to use them as means of improving workplace productivity, increase individual and team competencies while securing NNPC’s competitive advantage in the Global Oil and Gas Industry,’’ the GMD said.
Engr. Yakubu stated that in recent years the Corporation has embarked on increased deployment of technology solutions and tools, emplacement of the recently commissioned NNPC Data Centre, deployment of SAP, the interconnectivity among the Corporate Headquarters and Strategic Business Units and Corporates Service Units, Video Conferencing Solutions, NNPC Workplace Portal and Corporate Email among others.
“All of these investments are part of our efforts at ensuring that we remain competitive as an oil and gas company. Mastering and leveraging these transformative tools will enable the Corporation maximize the benefits that would be derived from the use of the IT tools,’’ he stated.
In his presentation on the HSE aspect of the combined IT/HSE Awareness Week, Engr. Adebayo Ibirogba, Group General Manager, Engineering and Technology noted that the choice of the Theme-Beyond Compliance - is derived from the key policy objectives of the Corporation which is to demonstrate social and ethical responsibility in promoting HSE compliance.
Speaking on the IT component of the exercise, Mr. Don Aholu, GGM Information Technology Division, said the Awareness Week is affording the entire NNPC workforce the opportunity of experiencing first-hand, the different IT tools and solutions that have been emplaced in the Corporation.
“IT in NNPC has evolved overtime, however, today we are pleased to present to you a transformed NNPC IT, an IT that is forward looking, where the boundaries of collaboration are expanding and where vast amount of information from both internal and external sources are available at our fingertips’’ Aholu enthused.