The President and Minister of Petroleum Resources, Muhammadu Buhari, the GMD NNPC, as well as other stakeholders in the Gas sector, declared 2020/2021 a GAS decade to facilitate full utilization of gas resources in Nigeria for employment and economic development. GACN designated kano state as a Gas hub and venue for AKK forum. Which is an autogas initiative to convert vehicles from diesel to gas. Activities engaged by GACN in the year under review include:
GACN CORPORATE SYNERGY WITH NGA: GACN hosted a meeting on the 20th April,2021 with NGA to fashion out a workable plan geared towards resolving all gas sector-related issues.
GACN ON THE 25 May, 2021, led by Mr. Olalekan Ogunleye (MD/CEO), visited Kano state governor and the Emir of Kano State, respectively, to conclude plans on the success of the scheduled AKK forum in the state and unveil accruable benefits for the state. Dr. Ganduje expressed optimism on the completion of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline project, while the Emir implored GACN to support the economic development plan of the state government.
GACN ON THE 26 May, 2021, led by Mr. Olalekan Ogunleye (MD/ CEO), paid a visit to Governor Nasiru el-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, to intimate him about the scheduled AKK forum. The governor pledged to support the project so as to tap from its benefits when completed.
NIPS CONFERENCE: Mr Olalekan Ogunleye (MD/CEO GACN), participated in a conference organized by the Nigerian International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) in Abuja from 5th – 10th June 2021. The theme was “Crisis to opportunities: new approach to future of hydrocarbon.” Mr. Olalekan actively analyzed the roles, actions taken and successes recorded by GACN as a one-stop shop for Gas commercialization and expansion in the domestic Gas sector.
GACN-NURTW-NARTO-MAN GAS SECTOR OPPORTUNITIES: Mr. Olalekan Ogunleye (MD/CEO GACN), on 1st July 2021 met with the National Union of Road Transport Workers and National Association of Road Transport Owners, to explain the modalities for the proposed conversion from petrol to gas. Mr Olalekan assured that the proposed conversion will lead to 30% reduction in operational cost. And notified them of companies like Dangote subsidiary with over 5000 converted vehicles and Greenville’s plan to convert 1000 vehicles. The kano state government also provided 1000 hectares of land for a new gas city in the state.
GACN, NNPC AND KANO STATE GOVERNMENT SIGNS MOU: July 2nd,2021. Mr Olalekan Ogunleye (MD/ CEO GACN), signed MoU with NNPC and Kano State government on the full implementation of the proposed autogas conversion policy. The state governor was represented by his deputy Nasir Gawuna. NURTW and NARTO representatives were also present. The pros of the conversation policy were extensively discussed during the summit.
GACN’S COURTESY CALL TO MEDIA TRUST: On Thursday, 3rd June 2021, GACN paid a visit to Media Trust, Utako, Abuja, and were received by the CEO Mallam Mamman Nura Daura and Ahmad Shekarau. GACN reached an agreement leading to massive advertisement of the AKK project. The CEO media trust stated that media trust is honored to be a part of such initiative. Terms and conditions were agreed upon and MoU was later signed on 16 June, 2021, to that effect.
GACN, COURTESY CALL TO NAN: On Thursday, 24th June 2021, GACN team led by Mr. Chijioke Uzoho (GACN Commercial Manager), visited the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), seeking for partnership with NAN in order to ensure adequate publicity of AKK Forum activities especially the scheduled Kano event of 9th July, 2021. Agreement to that effect was thereafter reached and both parties look forward to exploring collaboration on GACN global drive to nationwide gas utilization and commercialization.
GACN, NARTO AND PTD: A Management meeting was held on Thursday 8 July, 2021, with NARTO and Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTA) to enlighten their members on the outstanding gains they stand to derive by supporting the proposed conversation. Mr Olalekan comprehensively sensitize the executives of PTA and NARTO on the gains of AKK. Reminding them of it being the largest in the last 50 years. The NARTO President Alhaji Othman expressed the readiness of their members to adopt the new changes.
THE 2021 GAS SECTOR STAKEHOLDERS FORUM: Between 28 and 29 July, 2021, GACN, organized a Gas Sector Stakeholders’ forum with the theme: “Optimising the Economic Development Capacity of AKK Gas pipeline project” in Kano state. In the event, Engr. Mansur Sambo (GACN board Chairman), emphasized that the project will restore the vibrancy and stir up economic development of the host state. The (GMD NNPC) Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari, assured that the Federal Government will ensure the completion of the project by 2023. Equally, Alhaji Ado Bayero (Emir, Kano State), echoed the significance of the project, while calling local and foreign investors to always execute similar development projects. Also, the state Governor, Dr. Umar Ganduje highlighted that the AKK project will revive over 201 moribund industries in Kano and restore the commercial glory of the state. The government of Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger and Kogi, also spoke on the benefit of the project in their respective states. Lastly, Mr. Olalekan Ogunleye (GACN CEO), thanked the FGN and AKK host states, while assuring that GACN will continue to work harder to ensure full actualization of the AKK Gas project and other GACN activities.
GHANA RETREAT: GACN had a retreat and training at Accra, Ghana on the 19th august 2021.
GACN, KDSG AND NNPC SIGNED AN MOU ON GAS UTILIZATION AND OPTIMIZATION: GACN on Thursday,26 August 2021 signed an MOU between KDSG, and NNPC for Gas Utilisation and expansion in kaduna state. The state Governor Mallam el-Rufa’i re-emphasized the commercial advantages of the project to his state. Mallam Mele Kolo kyari (NNPC GMD) equally assured that the AKK will be delivered on schedule, as it was a game-changer for the country and the host states. At the end of the ceremony, Mr. Olalekan Ogunleye (MD/CEO GACN) thanked everyone while assuring that GACN will fulfill its own part of the MoU.
2021 KADUNA INVESTMENT AND ECONOMIC SUMMIT: Kaduna State Government hosted a summit on 23rd -24th September 2021. The annual Kaduna Investment and Economic Summit (KADINVEST 6.0) with the theme “Towards a Sustainable Knowledge-Based Economy”. KADINVEST is a platform for kaduna state to showcase business opportunities and GACN was a key participant in the event.
GACN 2021 HEALTH AND CHARITY WALK 1: GACN on 25TH September, 2021 held a trial Run in the company of medical and security personnel, ahead of a charity walk titled “Walk for Health and Community, WHC”, to be held on 27th November 2021 in which all members of staff participated in a 6-kilometer walkout exercise, from GACN office in Asokoro to Kur Mohammed Avenue in Central Business District and back to GACN office.
PIA PROVISION ON DOMESTIC GAS PRICING: GACN on 29 September, 2021, had a brainstorming session on domestic gas pricing held by Mr Stephen Oke (legal department), with all staff in attendance, deliberated on the Domestic Gas Pricing policy signed into law by the president in August 15, 2021. Mr. Oke clarified that the Act reflected gas pricing at the point of delivery and did not include transportation. He assured buyers and sellers that regulated gas pricing policy will eventually end, saying that GACN will continue to debate on the best way to utilize the pros of the Act.
Between 12 and 16 October, 2021, GACN held training in Dakar Senegal for its Senior Management staff. It was hosted by FDC Skill. Both NNPC and Axxela Ltd. staff were in attendance.
WORLD ENERGY DAY CONFERENCE 2021: GACN represented by Mr Chijioke Uzoho, partook in the World Energy Day conference organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Thursday 21st October 2021 in which a discussion on the Nigeria’s future energy was discussed. In the conference, Mr Uzoho presented a paper titled “Stimulating Growth of Natural Gas Utilization in Nigeria domestic Market”.
GACN HEALTH & SAFETY WALK TRIAL RUN 2: GACN on Saturday 23rd October, 2021, had its second phase of its Charity walk (TRIAL RUN 2). It started 7.30AM, from GACN Asokoro office through Unity Fountain, Maitama and Back, covering 8km. This was facilitated by a professional trainer, in the company of FRSC officials and medical personnel.
GACN LAST QUARTER TRAINING: GACN organized last quarter training for all staff members in five groups, in which three groups undertook the training and the rest will do next year. Abuja and Suleja were the locations used.
SENSITISATION FORUM ON INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF THE DIVERSIFICATION OF THE ECONOMY USING NATURAL GAS: Mr. Olalekan Ogunleye (MD/CEO) represented by Mrs. Yetunde Odejobi (Manager Operations), between 18 & 19 November, 2021, presented a speech titled: “GACN as vehicle for gas supply in domestic market” in a sensitization forum organized by FMAFC in Akwa Ibom State. Governor Emmanuel Udom and other stakeholders were in attendance.
GACN AND METALWORK: GACN hosted a delegation from Russia on 23 November, 2021, in partnership with Abuja Chamber of Commerce. In the meeting, GACN CEO confirmed that the petroleum industry bill is now operational in Nigeria, and it was a good time to invest in the country’s gas sector. with the group expressing interest in LNG and CNG, GACN looks forward to future collaboration pledging its full support to investors.
NNPC, GACN AND NASARAWA SIGN GAS SUPPLY MOU: Ahead of the completion of the AKK Gas project, GACN, NNPC and Nasarawa state govt. signed MoU to ensure the state is linked to the host states and to ensure the supply of gas to Nasarawa state. The event took place in Lafia with the primary aim of creating investment opportunities.
GACN TO RENOVATE DPHC: The managing director GACN on Friday 26th November, 2021, flagged off the rehabilitation of Damangaza Primary Health Care Centre with an official delegate visit to the hospital. The GACN CEO. Mr. Olalekan, said it was part of the company’s social investment program. In attendance were AMAC chairman, represented by Hon. Binta Dahiru, the Etsu of Damangaza as well as Dr. Adams Jacob who is in charge of the health center.
GACN AT THE 10th PRACTICAL NIGERIAN CONTENT CONFERENCE: GACN CEO Mr. Olalekan Ogunleye, on the 29th November- 2nd December participated in the panel discussion titled “Harnessing local content Opportunities for Indigenous companies in Nigeria’s Decade of Gas” during the 10 anniversary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in Bayelsa State. Also, in attendance were the state governor, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB as well as the GED Gas and Power NNPC, among others. There were presentations from different speakers. In his speech, Mr. Olalekan stressed that the Federal Government has given the necessary support for investment in the Gas sector.
2021 FINAL HEALTH AND CHARITY WALK: The last Charity and health walk was organized to ensure the wellbeing of staff members. The event commenced at 7:30am from the GACN office Asokoro, to Cilantro, Maitama. The GACN staff members were accompanied by FRSC officials, the police and health personnel with an ambulance to ensure safety.
END OF YEAR DINNER: Dinner is better when we eat together and that is exactly how GACN ended the year with a dinner on Thursday,16th December, 2021, at the wells Carlton Hotel and Apartment in Asokoro. There was entertainment, award of certificates, gifts presentation and other activities during the dinner party. The GACN CEO thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication and wished everyone a progress-filled 2022.