For Haruna Qmoye Momoh, the managing director of Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) the last one year has been one which has seen his leadership qualities tested.
And while there might have been challenges, perhaps he
can beat his
chest and say, it has not been a wasted twelve months.
was not new to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
He started his career as the in-house counsel to NNPC for Eleme Petrochemical Complex Project from 1988 to 1996.
He later became the legal adviser, Eleme Petrochemical Company Ltd (EPCL) between 1997 and 1999.
Perhaps in recognition of his
leadership qualities, the management of NNPC
made him the company secretary and legal adviser of EPCL
in May 2000 to September 2005.
was later deployed to Nigerian Petroleum Development Company
(NPDC) as company secretary / legal adviser from 2005 to 2006.
By that year (2006), Momoh became the company secretary/legal adviser of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company Limited.
was at this post till 2010.
Speaking at the end of 2011, Momoh
displayed deep knowledge of the office fate had thrust upon him.
told them that 2011 was perhaps the most challenging year in terms of ensuring that products got to consumers without disruption in the distribution chain.
But it was not simply the pipelines that Momoh
said they had to draw manpower resources from within to save costs.
But that was not all.
Areas of challenge in terms of distribution of products have always been in the northern part of the country.
colleagues at the PPMC
that this had also been addressed to some extent.
"We re-commissioned system 2CX using line reverse pumping of product to both Minna and Suleja Depots.
We also resumed pumping of products to Gasau and Kano depots in the course of the year," he
said, adding that although the rehabilitation of the Kaduna/Jos pipeline was not without challenges, the successful re-commissioning of the pipeline resulted in product availability in the Jos depot.
also disclosed that the pipeline segment from Atlas Cove to Mosimi was also rehabilitated, thus heralding the resumption of productdeliveries to all depots in System 2B.
Securing Facilities, Ensuring Quality Products...
In years gone by (and many will argue the cankerworm is still very much around), one of the challenges consumers of petroleum products faced was that of adulterated products.
While the management of the PPMC
might beat its chest and say it had tried to nip this, it is still there.
said the PPMC
had tried to deal with this by procuring high-tech product quality certification equipment which has since been deployed to areas of critical need.
With this equipment, he
stated: "we were able to achieve one hundred percent (100) success on quality certification of all grades of products and zero reports on products contamination, was achieved.
Many, however, would argue that they would have to be convinced more that Momoh
had actually done this.
It has often been argued that it is not the office that is always the issue but the personality of the occupant of the office.
In the last one year, one thing that has helped the chief executive of the PPMC
is the fact that he
had in-depth knowledge of the company before his
This helped him settle down and he
did not have to be asking for any important information from any ground staff before he
could take decisions.
A source close to the PPMC
told THISDAY that Momoh
might not have achieved much in the past one year if he
were brought in from another organisation.
And these continued throughout the year but Momoh
had to move in.
"Let me tell you that the security of both lives and facilities were threatened within the year, but we summoned courage despite cash flow challenges, to install CCTVs for surveillance in Atlas Cove and other strategic locations and this exercise, though expensive, will be a continuous one and would be extended to all areas of operations in due course," he
However, in his
twelve months in charge, industrial harmony is one area where Momoh
deserves some kudos.
admitted though that much still needs to be done in the area of staff welfare, the fact that the company did not record any significant industrial dispute in the year is a testimony to sound management system.
pays tribute to the unions too.
And by the time this is convened and issues discussed, no doubt the giant strides of Momoh at the PPMC would not go unnoticed.