Dawha Seeks Innovative Strategies From NNPC’s Information Technology Division

NNPC GEDs @ IT ForumThe Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Joseph Dawha, has challenged the Information Technology Division of the Corporation to evolve innovative ideas and strategies to support management’s three-point agenda.
Dr. Dawha who gave the charge at the 2014 NNPC IT Knowledge Sharing and Direction Setting Workshop which held recently at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, disclosed that NNPC under his watch in the short term will focus on three key areas of ramping up production by its upstream subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) to 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day; boosting gas supply and expanding gas infrastructure to enhance availability of gas for power generation and feedstock for gas-based industries; and driving performance management and improving core processes to instill a culture of performance and boost productivity.
The GMD who was represented by the Group Executive Director, Business Development, Dr. Attahiru Yussuf, urged the Division to be strategic and proactive in generating ideas and deploying cutting-edge technologies that could promote the efficient and speedy achievement of the three key short-term objectives of Management.
“I urge you to re-equip yourselves in order to play a leading role in accelerating change across the entire Corporation. To lead this transformation, our IT Executives must re-imagine their roles by seeing themselves – and encouraging others to see them – as Chief Executives of an Information Business.
“Like any chief executive, our IT leadership should bring vision, direction, and organization to NNPC’s big data investment priorities. That means engaging internal customers on their biggest challenges while attracting the best talents and suppliers; most importantly, it means being accountable for execution and results,” the GMD stated.
Speaking on his expectation from the workshop, Dr. Dawha said he anticipates “firm decisions on 5 levers that are required to step up the impact of IT in NNPC to enable us achieve the above corporate aspirations”.
The listed the five levers to include: effective IT governance; availability and stability of connectivity; supportive technology adoption programme; pace of technology assimilation capacity; and consistent use of proven methodology.
“At the end of this one-day session, I believe the Engineering & Technology Directorate will come out with a set of service level performance standards which we are all expected to hold them to,” Dr. Dawha said.
Speaking earlier in a welcome address, the Group Executive Director in charge of the Engineering & Technology Directorate, Engr. Adebayo Ibirogba, said the main objective of the workshop was to get NNPC to “compare notes with the best in Nigeria on how they think, plan, and organize their IT businesses”.
“Today, we are at the eve of an even faster acceleration in the scope, scale and economic impact of technology as it ushers in a new age of artificial intelligence, consumer gadgetry, instant communication, and boundless information. NNPC simply cannot afford to miss the boat”, Engr. Ibirogba stated.
He called on participants to use the workshop as a platform for developing a new mindset to recognize Information Technology not just as a primary tool for cutting costs and boosting productivity but as a big business in itself.
The workshop was attended by other members of NNPC Top Management including the Group Executive Director, Refining & Petrochemicals, Engr. Ian Gregory Udoh; Group Executive Director, Corporate Services, Dr. Dan Efebo; Group Executive Director Commercial & Investment, Hajia Mata Abdurrahman; and Company Secretary and Legal Adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Oguine.

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