Former Nigerian Head of State Lauds NNPC Over Revenue Generating Role
Former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon has commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for living up to the purpose for which it was established over the years.
The elder statesman who recently turned 80 spoke in Abuja at an event organized in his honour to induct him into the Living Legends Hall of Fame explained that the Nigerian National Oil Company (as the Corporation was known at inception) was established by his administration after the civil war to help generate revenue for the government from the oil and gas sector.
“Certainly, the NNPC has done very well and it should be appreciated as the leading organization that generates most of the money for the government,” General Gowon stated.
He expressed gratitude to NNPC for sponsoring what he described as a “memorable event in which professional artists from the Universities and other tertiary institution in the country were invited to carry out live drawing of my portrait as a Living Legend.”
Also speaking at the event, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Joseph Dawha, described General Gowon as a visionary leader under whose administration the Corporation was founded.
“NNPC is very proud to be part of this important event to celebrate one of its founding fathers, General Yakubu Gowon as a Living Legend,” Dr. Dawha said.