IHIDERO Victor Osae, Kaduna
The Managing Director, Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), Idi Mukhtar Maiha, has identified an urgent need to partner the media in other to deepen the cordial relationship between the oil and gas industries and their host communities.
The KRPC boss observed this in his speech to declare open, the 4th edition of KRPC energy correspondents workshop, which is titled “NNPC in Transition-Tranformation and Media’s Role in Facilitating Positive Outcome” currently holding in Kano state, Nigeria.
He said though, KRPC has a robust community relations practice which put the host communities themselves in the fore front of all decisions affecting the communities, but noted that there is need for improved synergy between the media and KRPC in particular and the oil and gas industry in general.
Idi, added that “a well informed public is core to democracy; and as citizens we depend on an open and free press to monitor and report on what is happening in our communities so that we can make reasoned judgement about our leaders.
“For a country whose budget is funded largely by the proceeds from the scale of crude oil, it is more likely that the media in such country would constantly demand transparency and accountability in the oil and gas sector.
“The oil and gas is a highly technical one. And those who should report about it must have the required knowledge and skills.”
This he said that was the reason KRPC management resolved to ensure that energy reporters have the necessary skills and capacity for effective reportage of the oil and gas industry.
In his remarks, Chairman Kaduna Council of the NUJ, Comrade Garba Muhammad commended KRPC for the time, energy and resources invested on the fourth edition of the series of workshop aimed at equipping members of the NUJ with requisite training to improve their reporting skills of the oil sector.
“As Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) has made this Workshop an annual event, permit me here to acknowledge the invaluable role and support of the current Managing Director of Kaduna Refinery and petrochemical company (KRPC),Alhaji Idi Mukhtar, who has consistently ensured that the workshops hold every year even before he was elevated
“I therefore, call on colleagues to join me in appreciating the MD,the entire Management and staff of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) especially the Public Affair Department (PAD) for this great concern and effort toward encouraging and improving the capacity of Journalists in the state as they conduct their civic and constitutional responsibilities.
“As The fourth Estate of the Realm, it is our responsibility as media practitioners to support the growth and development of this country through constructive and balance reportage of events to create peaceful and an enabling atmosphere.” He said.
Garba, condemned the senseless attacks on oil installations by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), which he noted is causing serious challenges in the Oil sector in Nigeria.
He called on the media to rise against the saboteurs by focusing attention on the activities of vandals by investigating and exposing their sponsors in order to overcome the problem.