By Amin Kef Sesay
The National Petroleum Sierra Leone (NP-SL) is replete with managerial, administrative and technical skills and as a matter of fact, NP-SL is providing specialist training for its local staff to benefit from various trainings to make them into competent administrators, managers and technicians so that the company does not rely on foreign expatriates. In other words, such a nationalistic decision by the company is actually paying great dividend to promoting the Local Content policy.
NP-SL has for several years now been concentrating on serving as a conduit to imbibe useful skills to its staff to enable them to efficiently carry out certain assigned tasks. If we are counting the number of companies that have upheld the Local Content Policy, without any iota of doubt, NP-SL is at the top.
As all of this is going on, the well-established oil marketing company in the country, the National Petroleum Sierra Leone Limited, NP (SL-Ltd) is relentlessly enhancing its strides to always ensure that its imported petroleum products are available on the market and easily accessible. Management of the company has made it a matter of must for these products to be present in all the nook and cranny of the country.
NP-SL Limited, as a private entity, is purely an indigenous company that has mastered the art of importing and marketing petroleum products which include petrol, diesel, and gas as well as certified lubricants, one of which is the widely used Castrol oil.
Amidst various challenges that have been encountered since the company was established, it has, however, successfully weathered those storms that could have dwarfed it or left it to extinct save therapeutic intermittent Managerial injections that keep it upright and on the right course.
Demonstrating its true Sierra Leonean identity the company has maintained a policy of strictly adhering to the Local Content Policy ensuring that it has a maximum indigenous staff in its employ. What this actually means is empowering our brothers and sisters to access employment opportunities and reduce poverty.
This intrinsic nationalistic posture of the company runs through, and it is a sine qua non to overall national development. If such a compliance rate should have been followed by other local companies, willingly, without any pressure from the relevant authorities, then, indisputably, this country should have been miles away in its development trajectory.
Business Management experts have made it abundantly clear that the way and manner, in which customers are cared for in terms of talking to them, making them feel at ease, go a long way in attracting them. Such should be done sincerely in order to make them more important. NP-SL for a very long period now has executed it so well, which definitely is paying dividends.
The First for Customer Care Award was earned by the company because it has been widely acclaimed by many for solidly executing such.
In its drive to optimize customer satisfaction the company went the extra mile to install calibrated pumping machines, which are not only modern, but trustworthy, as opposed to old pumping machines which certain unscrupulous individuals used to cheat unassuming customers.
This is helping to repose confidence in customers that they are dealing with a very transparent entity. The friendliness of their pump attendants is very impressive and they are always there to timely respond to various concerns.
Still within the purview of 1st for Customer Care, the company is always in a position to enter into payment plans with its reliable and dependable customers including Ministries, Departments and Agencies for supplied fuel and lubricants, as long as all the necessary modalities have been put in place.
When cognizance is taken of the fact that some of these institutions receive intermittent budgetary allocations, then such an arrangement is very significant. Its significance in real terms borders on functional continuity of those institutions, as they will be assured of supplies of petroleum products in as much as they keep honouring their obligations.
For those who have not tried NP Gas for the first time, it is now time to give it a try. Designed in sizable varying cylinders and sold at various NP Filling Stations, this cooking device has been rated as one of the best that is on offer for sale. NP Gas is safe, user friendly and portable. Trying it will spur you to recommend it to others.
NP Smart Card is now in vogue and is one of the latest technological devices used to purchase petroleum products. Using it has attendant advantages, as evident in procuring fuel at any time of the day, even during times when monies could not be accessed from banks. It is secured, easy to use and very quick. It is now trending.
To crystallize proposed projects into tangible realities on the ground, Government needs the required financial resources to effectively do so, and one sure way is from collection of taxes which is the mandate of the National Revenue Authority (NRA). NP is one big tax payer to Government and it has been doing so timely.
NP-SL remains undaunted, unperturbed amidst all the challenges it is going through and conscientiously it is steadily contributing to the socio-economic development of the country as well as positively changing communities and lives.