It was a joyous night for the outgoing Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr .Maikanti Kachalla Baru, whose appointment was heralded by jubilation. He provided a smooth transition in NNPC.
The awards night, which signified Baru’s last day at Nigeria Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition was enlivened with applause, as oil industry players poured encomium, with torrents of tributes to him, since he was taking a bow from the industry.
Baru received the Dr. Aliero Para life time achievement award, which was given to him, out of recognition for accomplishment in the oil and gas industry. It was a unique one for the GMD.
He acknowledged that the award was a surprise to him, adding that Dr. Thomas John, Acting Chairman of the Governing Board of NNPC, came back to the industry when there were challenges in order to move the industry forward.
The GMD was commended for bringing the Egina FPSO, which was built by Total E&P to Nigeria, when he was the Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, a division of the NNPC. Baru, a fellow of the Society of Engineers has been given award by virtually every association in the oil industry.
Dr. John presented the award to Baru, and disclosed to the audience, that some twenty-eight years ago, he brought Baru to NNPC. Incidentally, he was also presenting him the award to bid him farewell from the industry.
The night was stimulated with other awards to companies for their outstanding performance at the exhibition.
Indigenous company of the year, 2019 was won by Coleman wires and cables while the Nigerian Content contribution award winner 2019 went to the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, and was received by the General Manager, External Relations for Sustainable Development, Fatai Williams.
The climax of the company awards for NOG 2019, was Nigeria oil and gas excellence award, which was won by Shell Companies in Nigeria.
The award was received by Shell Country Chair and Managing Director, Osagie Okunbor. Baru commended the company for its contributions towards the advancement of Nigeria’s oil industry.
It was also a day of joy for the multinational as its members of staff and other well-wishers exulted in victory for the company. Shell’s triumph is attributed to its contributions to social intervention, especially its outstanding medical centre at the exhibition, in which many visitors and participants benefited from the scheme at NOG.