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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that the corporation and its partners across the industry have succeeded in minimizing oil spills and emplaced measures to ensure that even when spills occur, they are immediately contained, adding that restoration of the environment was now a first-line activity in the oil and gas industry.
This was even as it said NNPC would continue to engage stakeholders, regulatory institutions, and global partners to ensure that the environment is preserved for generations, adding that it remains committed to the promotion of sustainable environment across its operations, stressing that its energy transition programme and support for carbon-neutral projects are proofs of that commitment.
The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Mallam Mele Kyari, stated this at an event organized by the Group Health, Safety, Environment Department to mark this year’s World Environment Day.
He said the oil and gas industry and particularly the NNPC were conscious of the impact of their operations on the environment, hence, has been at the forefront of efforts to preserve the environment wherever they operate.
Kyari said it was in keeping with the philosophy of environmental sustainability that the oil and gas industry is leading a move towards energy transition and embracing carbon-neutral activities.
‘The oil and gas industry is also leading a move towards the transition of energy where our activities become carbon neutral. It means that we have more respect for the environment, we carry out our activities in such a way that impact on the environment is at the barest minimum’ Kyari stated.
Earlier in his keynote address, the GMD congratulated Pakistan for hosting this year’s World Environment Day and expressed hope that Nigeria would be the first African country to host the global event.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK