The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, has challenged Nigerian engineers to come up with technologies to help deepen the development of renewable energy in the country.
The NNPC helmsman threw the challenge during a courtesy call on him by members of the executive committee of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Abuja Branch, led by its Chairman, Engr. Chinasaokwu Okolie.
The GMD highlighted some of the corporation’s strides in the development of renewable energy across various states of the country using abundant natural resources like palm oil, cassava, and sugarcane.
He said the projects would help create the much needed linkage between the energy and agricultural sectors and urged members of the NSE to come up with technologies and strategies to enhance the integration process for the growth of the economy.
He congratulated Engr. Okolie on his emergence as chairman and commended the branch for its good work in training members and making engineering attractive especially at the grassroots.
He said NNPC was committed to producing clean hydrocarbons in an environmentally friendly manner for the benefits of all Nigerians.
On his part, Chairman of NSE Abuja Chapter, Engr. Okolie, commended the GMD for his purposeful leadership which has led to greater investor confidence and growth of daily crude oil production from about 1.5 million barrels per day (mbpd) to the current 2.3mbpd.
The highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a plaque to the GMD in recognition of his efforts in the development of the oil and gas industry.