By Amin Kef Sesay
One of the most successful business entities seriously functioning in this country, the National Petroleum (NP) Sierra Leone Limited, has been widely lauded for its positive contributions towards overall national development.
Being a very successful petroleum entity, NP had and still continues to contribute tremendously towards overall national development. The company has branches in Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast and The Gambia.
This 100% indigenously-owned company has so far offered various jobs to residents in the afore-mentioned countries, thereby reducing poverty to a considerable level. It is further recorded that it is one of the largest taxpayers to the National Revenue Authority (NRA), financially empowering the Government to roll out various development projects.
Among the outstanding features that NP possesses is its competent managerial team, which from time to time comes up with good initiatives, always ensuring that they are effusively, effectively implemented to create value for money. Since it was established by 35 Sierra Leoneans, who bought shares from the Government years back, the company has grown from leaps and bounds; weathering storms that would have run it down.
But the resolve of its shareholders and Management to succeed has been the centrepiece that has propelled NP to a higher level, equal to none in the sub-region.
If you ask those who really know NP, the feedbacks you will receive will definitely border around its commitment to customer care, which it strongly believes must be prioritised to give satisfaction.
The selflessness and commitment of the shareholders have made it possible for the company to empower many Sierra Leoneans and at the same time put it at a vantage position to continue to open more filling stations across the country. That again is another lane that the company is pursuing with fruitful dividends realized.
NP has doggedly maintained a good business relationship with its numerous customers right within the sub-region and most have confessed that they are realizing optimum satisfaction in dealing with NP. The company deals with individuals and various sectors of society, always ensuring that its various petroleum products are available and are sold at affordable prices. This keen symbiotic relationship with its customers has been paying dividends, always resulting in a win-win situation, making NP very endearing to all and sundry.
The regulatory institution of the different petroleum companies in the country, Petroleum Directorate, has lauded NP for its efficient service delivery wherever it is operating.
When we talk of the serious implementation of the Local Content Policy, NP stands out tall, as it is truly has 100% indigenes, particularly in Sierra Leone, as workers. This is one of the pillars that have made the company to be a success story.
The company’s result-oriented managerial team will definitely and sustainably continue to put NP at the top.
NP-SL Ltd is doing exceptionally well in all the countries it is functioning and indeed there are prospects for further expansion.
The company also offers for sale an efficient cooker which is known as NP Gas. It has been proven to be highly efficient and good in terms of performance. Manufactured in different cylinder sizes these gas cookers are sold at the company’s filling Stations and its authorized dealers. They are said to be going like hot cakes.
With NP Smart Card customers are now able to purchase petroleum products and it has been assessed to be very advantageous as it avails the holders to easily procure petroleum products without moving with physical cash. It also enhances personal security and helps to promote transparency especially when sending another person to purchase these petroleum products.
It cannot be an understatement to register that NP-SL is indeed a success story.