By Ayo Kehinde
Malam Mele Kyari, GMD of NNPC
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, has emerged champions at the 2020 edition of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games (NOGIG) held over the weekend at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
The NOGIG 2020, tagged Celebrating Champions, according to a statement by the corporation, was attended by sister organisations, notably Chevron, Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Exxon Mobil, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, N LNG and many others.
To emerge winners, the NNPC hauled 48 medals which included 13 Gold, 16 Silver and 19 Bronze while closest rival Shell got 31 medals made up of 13 Gold, 8 Silver and 10 Bronze. The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, N LNG, which finished third clinched 23 medals including 6 Gold, 7 Silver and 10 Bronze to complete the top three positions out of the thirteen participating teams.
After commending the winners, NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD), Mallam Mele Kyari, assured guests that the corporation would continue to give attention to sporting activities in a bid to foster unity among the workers in the Oil and Gas Industry.
He said; “Looking at the amount and quality of time, interfaces, logistics, facilities and the general coordination of sportsmen and women across the entire oil and gas Industry, I can confidently say that it is a huge feat.
“I understand that since 1986 when this competition was started by a group of sportsmen and women in Eket, Akwa Ibom, the biennial tournament has grown to become a formidable platform for the promotion of healthy competition.
“Although there is stiff competition among participants the underlying principle of the games has always been hinged on exhibiting friendship, sportsmanship and networking where fruitful partnership and collaboration are taken beyond showpiece”, he said.
The captain of the Team NNPC NOGIG 2020, Ogechi Anusionwu, commended the performance of her team adding that it would serve as motivation for better productivity.
“I am so happy winning this 18th NOGIG, it has been a great collaboration of all the team members and the management of the NNPC. This feat will serve as motivation to us to continue to give our best in the workplace and I thank the management immensely for their support and cooperation”, she said.
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, who spoke shortly before the kick off of the final football match said that, NOGIG had emerged overtime as a veritable platform for healthy competition among the Industry workforce, noting that the government would continue to support such positive engagement.
Dignitaries at the closing ceremony included the representative of Lagos State Governor and the Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Sola Ayepeku, and other captains of the Oil and Gas Industry.