The NNPC says it was favourably disposed to innovative ideas and solutions that would help in effective execution of its mandate of superintending over the nation’s vast hydrocarbon resources for the benefit of all Nigerians and stakeholders.
Its group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, who gave the indication while welcoming the delegation of Voice of Nigeria(VON),to his office assured that the corporation would continue to work towards steady improvement of its transparency and accountability quotient.
Director-general of VON, Osita Okechuku, noted that the elevation of Mallam Kyari to the position of GMD of NNPC has helped to place a seal of credibility on the operations and activities of the corporation.
He added that based on its varied interaction with global radio audiences, the agency was in a position to feel the pulse and changing perception about the corporation within the last four years, noting that VON was ready to partner with the NNPC to consolidate this remarkable improvement.
He proposed the creation of a Joint Intervention Partnership with the NNPC, a package which he explained would help both organisation seek a workable and mutually beneficial alliance for the common good of the larger population.
Meanwhile, the NNPC Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The accreditation which granted the National Oil Company the authority to establish and operate a functional HMO comes as a forerunner to the enviable plan by the corporation to activate a first rate medical delivery system across the country with potential to halt the ugly trend of medical tourism by Nigerians to other jurisdictions.
Receiving the certificate of accreditation at the NHIS Headvquarters in Abuja, the Managing Director of the NNPC HMO, Dr. Musa Ribadu, said NNPC, being a corporation known for quality performance, was ready to improve the scheme and offer real-time value to the prospective beneficiaries of its packages.
According to him, the NNPC HMO Limited is poised to be the most preferred HMO in Nigeria and a role model that NHIS would be proud of its unique healthcare offerings.
“We are confident that our entry into the market will increase the national coverage statistics by at least 1 – 2 digits. We have better knowledge of the Oil and Gas Sector that can attract active participation within this sector for the scheme,” he said. The NNPC HMO boss said the initiative to invest in this venture was part of NNPC’s plans to diversify its revenue base and contribute to the corporation’s bottom line.
In his remarks, the executive secretary, NHIS, Dr. Muhammed Nasir Sambo, expressed confidence in the capacity of the NNPC to fully utilise the opportunity offered by the NHIS accreditation to operate an efficient HMO that will delivered the much desired first rate services to its clientele.
He commended the corporation for its track record over the year, wishing the national oil company well in its future undertakings.
“I am not unaware that NNPC is one of the most organised organizations in Nigeria and since they are well organised we have no doubt in our minds that NNPC will do whatever it takes to uphold the virtues and tenets of health insurance in Nigeria,’’ he said.
He also acknowledged the corporation’s long standing culture and track record in delivery of functional Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.