The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru. reiterated how the corporation remained committed to identifying with lofty ideals of the games which he said were aimed not just at mere participation, but fostering unity and cordial relationships among entire oil and gas workforce across the nation.
Besides, the NNPC’s boss charged Oil and Gas workers across the country to work assiduously towards proffering viable solutions to the industry’s numerous challenges.
Dr. Baru, addressing workers during closing ceremony of 17th edition of the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry Games (NOGIG 2018) heldin Lagos, yesterday also called upon oil workers to get involved in sporting activities towards improving their productivity and service delivery.
He indicated that there were lots of advantages in getting involved in sports and that people who participate in sporting exhibit quality lifestyle both at home and in the workplace.
According to him, since people are more active, their brains proffer some of the most efficient and viable solutions to the challenges of the industry today and a number of ailments are attributable to inactivity characterized by lack of exercise and a care-free lifestyle among people.
The GMD also mplored participants to make integrity and sportsmanship their watchword and that entire workers who were involve in the competition were winners in their respective ways.
“This is because at the end of it all, everyone of you here is considered a winner.”
Congratulating the various sportsmen and women who participated at the biannual sporting showpiece, Dr. Baru called upon them to go back to their respective companies and unleash their potentials towards maximum productivity and effective service delivery for the benefit of the entire Oil and Gas Industry.
He commended the Local Organising Committee for its tireless effort towards ensuring “not only a successful tournament but one that everyone in the industry is proud of”
Earlier in her, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the Director, Safety, Healthy & Environment at Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Onyebuchi Sibeudu, who was represented at the event, described sports as a unifying force among people which should always be encouraged.
She expressed satisfaction over the performance of the sportsmen and women, stressing that some of the talents on display today show that the Oil and Gas Industry has what it takes to take Nigeria to sporting stardom.
Several other chief executive officers of the International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in Nigeria spoke on the attraction for sports to forge lasting friendship and strategic partnerships amongst oil workers in the country.
At the end of the week-long games, Shell Nigeria emerged as overall winners, clinching nine gold, 10 silver and eight bronze medals to cart home the 2018 trophy.
NNPC placed second with eight gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medals, while the third place went to Chevron, who amassed seven gold, two silver and five bronze medals.
NLNG beat ExxonMobil to fourth place after winning five gold, five silver and five bronze medals with ExxonMobil, collecting two gold, five silver and six bronze medals. NAOC took sixth position with two gold, two silver and nine bronze.
While Seplat and OVH Energy failed to appear on the medals table, Total, NCDMB, DPR, Eroton and PTI placed 7th, 8th, 9th, 10 and 11th respectively.
The bi-annual tourney, which is the 17th in the series, featured 10 events namely: football, basketball, swimming, 8-ball pool, chess, scrabble, athletics, squash, lawn tennis and table tennis.