Nigerian oil companies participate in sporting extravaganza

Feb 25, 2002 01:00 AM

Nigeria's oil company, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), proved that they are indeed the leaders of the industry in sports by emerging the overall winners of the 9th edition of the Nigerian Oil Industry Games held in Lagos. NNPC, in the midst of the cream of the country's oil sector, confirmed their superiority over other rivals by wrapping up a spectacular performance at the games with a 1-0 defeat of the Nigerian LNG (NLNG) company team in the football event.

The NNPC team, spurred on by the presence of their Managing Director, Jackson Gaius Obaseki, thrilled the small crowd at the main bowl of the National Stadium to exciting soccer action and at the end of 90 minutes, their lone strike in the first half of the closing event was good enough for them to carry the day.
The corporation's contingent who came into this year's games as the defending champions, retained their position on the overall medals table with a total of 19 medals (12 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze).

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), in similar fashion, held on to their second position after garnering gold, silver and bronze medals with ExxonMobil displacing Chevron to occupy the third position with gold, silver and bronze medals.
Last year's fourth placed company, Unipetrol Nigeria, were also displaced by TotalFinaElf which amassed two gold, one silver and three bronze ahead of Nigerian Agip Oil which finished fifth with one gold, four silver and one bronze.

Austin Ezenwaka, Chairman of the Games' Organising Committee while speaking at the closing ceremony, expressed satisfaction at the organisation of this year's championship, while adding that the inclusion of football and snooker to the sports being competed for has brought in more excitement. In all, 11 companies from Nigeria's oil sector participated in the one-week sporting extravaganza which featured seven events.

Source: P.M. News
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