Techno Oil receives ISO certification for quality management Mr Felix Nyado, Director, Management Systems Certification, SON presentingthe ISO 9001:2015 certificate of quality management system to Mrs Nkechi Obi, Chief Executive Officer, Techno Oil Ltd. on Tuesday in Lagos.
Techno Oil receives ISO certification for quality managementTechno Oil Ltd, a wholly-owned Nigerian integrated energy company, has received the ISO 9001:2015 certification for its quality management system.
The certificate was formally presented to Mrs Nkechi Obi, Chief Executive Officer, Techno Oil Ltd. by the Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria(SON), Malam Farouk Salim, on Tuesday in Lagos.
Obi said the award was issued as a result of the conformity of the company’s Quality Management System to the requirements of the standard ISO 9001:2015.She said the award followed about two years of rigorous certification assessment by auditors, after which the system was adjudged to have conformed to the requirements of the International standards.
“The ISO award is a sign of our commitment on how we will go about our business with the best practices.
“We will continue to implement every step that has been outlined to us.
It is a way of life for us and we will continue to improve and abide by the principles of ISO in our operations, “Obi added.
On his part, Salim, represented by Mr Felix Nyado, Director, Management Systems Certification, SON, said by the achievement, the company had joined a privileged class of Quality Management System certified organisations in Nigeria.
He said: “This milestone achievement in the pursuit of service excellence is highly commendable and worthy of emulation by all oil and gas, energy, infrastructure and manufacturing companies in Nigeria.
“As I join other Nigerians to congratulate you on this milestone achievement, permit me to remind you that the petroleum industry is the hub of the development for Nigeria’s economy and needs to be sustained if the country is to achieve real economic growth and create new jobs.
“Adoption of the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system framework reflects your vision to deliver quality products to your customers at all times.
” I am confident that this focus on production of quality products will also strengthen your relationship with stakeholders.
”Salim noted that the certificate was for a duration of three years which would be subjected to review annually.
He said that the company must therefore strive to confirm with all the outlined processes in order not to have it withdrawn.
“I am aware that your products such as Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders and lubricants are under our Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) and today you are being presented a certificate of conformity to ISO 9001:2015.“You will agree with me that your biggest challenge in this endless journey to excellence will be to consistently direct your efforts towards meeting customer requirements to enhance their satisfaction.
” I am sure that this certification to ISO 9001: 2015 will be a launching pad for your organisation,” Salim said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ISO 9001: 2015 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS).
Most organisations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
Also, the ISO 9001:2015 in addition to the above, specifies requirements for a quality system when the organisation aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system.
These include processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
Ten thousand Nigerian homes have embraced an App developed by a Nigerian software developer to facilitate efficient use of household utilities.
Unveiling the App, known as “Cydene Express’’ at a ceremony in Lagos on Monday, the developer, Mr Skalid Obi, said the App was developed to help teeming Nigerian households and companies to pay for and track use of utilities.
Obi, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Cydene Energy Services Ltd., said the App would also help Nigerians to make efficient use of utilities.
He said that the App would be presented formally to Nigerians on Aug. 3 in Lagos, describing the invention as a major breakthrough in the quest by people to track their use of utilities.
According to him, the app will be used to access electricity, cooking gas, diesel, call credit and other related utility bills.
He explained that users of the App would exploit utilities from the comfort of their homes.
The software developer said that he developed the App, following an industry experience he gained while working as an intern in Exxon Mobil and at the Strategy Department in Techno Oil Ltd., Lagos.
“The experience helped me immensely in understanding the Nigerian business environment and how to provide engineering solutions to some teething problems.
“At Techno Oil, I handled dealer’s agreements from station management to product allocations.
“I quickly realised that the process of product supply is structured in all parts of the supply chain, except to the very end user.
“The challenge for consumers was their inability to know when and how they would track their daily needs and services as and when needed.
He said: “I decided that if I could automate the process of purchasing and distributing energy products on a retail level, then I would have solved a huge part of the problem faced by consumers’’.
Obi said that industry experience had also played a big role in his floating and nurturing a data sciences company, known as Cydene Data Solutions.
He said the company provided solutions on various energy needs, including diesel supplies, cooking gas, energy tokens and other household needs.
According to him, with Cydene Express App, one can order cooking gas, fuel, diesel, airtime credit and electricity tokens from the comfort of your home.
The entrepreneur said that the idea was to create an energy wallet that would serve all household’s energy needs, including taking advantage of energy merchants around you.
Obi recalled that his interest in the development of IT solutions started a long time ago after his high school, saying that he felt humbled to have contributed to the growth of the Nigerian economy.
Also speaking at the event, a non-Executive Director of Cydene Energy Services, Mr Sam Ochonwa, said that the App, which leverages on Artificial Intelligence would help to ease the stress of Nigerians using its tracking facilities.
Ochonwa said that the App was a major contribution in supporting the initiative of the Federal Government to ease the daily stress plaguing citizens.
A News Agency of Nigeria correspondent at the unveiling of the App reports that Cydene Express is a socially inclusive payment platform.
The Federal Government’s drive to stimulate job creation has started yielding dividends with Techno Oil Ltd set to inaugurate an automated Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) terminal at Kirikiri in Apapa, Lagos. It is expected to generate 2,000 jobs.
The Managing Director of Techno Gas and Power, Mr Collins Onyeama, who made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Lagos said the facility would be inaugurated by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva on Nov. 18.
Onyeama said the building of the terminal, which holds 8,400 metric tons of cooking gas began in 2016 and that it was built by CAKASA Nigeria Ltd. in collaboration with foreign technical partners.
He said that the facility would boost the realisation of the LPG Expansion Project of the Federal Government.
“The terminal will generate revenue for all tiers of government through taxes and levies and more importantly generate over 2,000 direct and indirect jobs for the teeming Nigerian population,” Onyeama said.
He said that a vessel, MT Pertusola had since discharged products, emanating from the OSO-Butane Bonny Terminal in Rivers at the Techno Oil facility.
According to him, the terminal is a big boost to the quest by government to deploy LPG infrastructure, which he described as currently inadequate in Nigeria.
Onyeama noted that the terminal would deepen LPG adoption and help in the resolve of the present administration to encourage the private sector to provide jobs for the populace.
The managing director said that the investment would also contribute significantly to gas flaring reduction.
He reiterated that Techno Oil embarked on the project to boost the drive by the Federal Government to increase consumption of LPG, currently standing at about 400,000 metric tons in Nigeria yearly.
Onyeama described the deployment of the facility as another milestone for his company after the inauguration of a landmark LPG manufacturing plant, owned by the company by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in June 2019.
He said he was delighted that Techno Oil was contributing its quota in getting more Nigerian homes to embrace cooking gas for cleaner, safer and healthier environment.
The managing director expressed his optimism that availability of cooking gas would discourage Nigerians from using firewood, kerosene and other inelegant materials for cooking.
Onyeama restated that although the use of cooking gas had increased by about 36.8 per cent in Nigeria in the past five years, over 90 per cent of households still relied on kerosene, firewood and other unhealthy fossils.
He said that Nigeria had a population of over 170 million people but that the country had less than one million households using cooking gas.
According to him, Nigeria still ranks lowest in sub-Saharan Africa in per capita usage of LPG, consuming 1.1kg, compared to Ghana, was currently consuming 3.0kg.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Techno Oil began operations 21 years ago, operating as a downstream company. It was marketing Esso blended lubricants before venturing into other areas of oil and gas.
Nigeria currently has five privately-owned LPG terminals in Lagos.
Edited By: Silas Nwoha
The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Monday presented its Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) Certificate to Nigeria’s pioneer cooking gas cylinder manufacturers, TechnoGas Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
The certificate was presented by Mrs Nwaoma Olujie, State Coordinator, SON, Lagos State Office 1, to Mrs Nkechi Obi, Executive Vice-Chairman of Techno Oil Ltd, at a ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Lagos.
It is aimed at ensuring that all locally manufactured products in the country conform to the relevant Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) before such products are presented for sale in the market or exported.
Speaking at the ceremony, Obi said TechnoGas LPG cylinder started full production in June 2019 when its plant in Kajola, Lagos State, was inaugurated by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
She said the plant had the capacity to produce over five million pieces of high quality LPG cylinder annually, adding that the plant produces various sizes of LPG cylinders ranging from 6kg to 12.5kg among others.
Obi said the company was committed to deepening the LPG adoption in Nigeria and switching households from the use of firewood or kerosene to the use of LPG which was safer, cleaner, healthier and cheaper source of domestic energy.
According to her, Techno Oil has sought the guidance of SON on equipment and machinery specification that would guarantee the production of quality LPG cylinders capable of competing anywhere in the world.
“This strategic collaboration with SON became stronger year on year until date, and the outcome is the reason why we are gathered here today to witness the presentation of TechnoGas LPG cylinder MANCAP Certificate.
“As a company, Techno Oil will continue to uphold practices that would engender the production of quality products, while making compliance to every established regulatory standards and procedures our anchor,” she said.
Earlier, Olujie congratulated the management and staff of Techno Oil Nigeria for the milestone achievement of obtaining a certificate of conformity for the LPG steel cylinders.
She said: “Today is remarkable in the history of Techno Oil Nigeria because you have joined the league of companies that have MANCAP certificates for their products.
“This award is given to companies that have distinguished themselves in their various manufacturing and production categories.”
She explained that the programme started in 2006 and ensures compliance of Made-in-Nigeria products to the minimum requirements of the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) or Code of practice.
Olujie said this promotes fair competition at both domestic and international markets, as well as safeguarding the safety and health of consumers in the overall interest of promoting economic and industrial development of Nigeria.
She said the company’s gas cylinders had successfully passed the rigorous certification procedures which involved inspection of production processes as well as testing of the products against the NIS to confirm to compliance.
“You are to note that the MANCAP certificate will be valid for three years during which your certified products will be monitored for consistent compliance to the relevant NIS under surveillance inspection after which your products will be re-certified.
“It is important to note that LPG cylinders are classified as life endangering products and compliance to standards is mandatory.
“Your certificate will be withdrawn if during surveillance inspections, your certified products consistently failed to meet the requirements of the standards and effective corrective actions are not taken to produce quality cylinders thereby putting the lives of Nigerians at risk.
“It is my candid hope that the management and staff of Techno Oil will uphold the quality of the certified products and ensure that these products are traded both locally and internationally,” Olujie added.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Peter Ejiofor)
An industrialist, Mrs Nkechi Obi, says that presiding over a company that makes affordable, safe and strong cooking gas cylinders for West African markets is her greatest source of happiness, playing in the Nigerian oil and gas sector.
Obi, who is the Executive Vice-Chairman of Techno Oil Ltd., a leading indigenous company made the statement in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Lagos.
She was speaking as part of activities to mark the third anniversary of the inauguration of Techno Oil Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) manufacturing plant, which was unveiled by Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on June 7, 2017.
“I’m excited to say that it is a dream come true. Our story is all about the making of the safest cooking gas cylinders in Nigeria.’’
She said it was a thing of joy that top grade cylinders were now being made in Nigeria by Nigerians for Nigerians and making the difference steadily for the nation’s economy.
“It is a thing of pride that cooking gas cylinders are now being made in Nigeria, rather than for consumers to continue to rely on fake imported cylinders.
“Where there is a will, there is always a way. We are happy to be counted in the Federal Government’s effort to deepen LPG usage in Nigeria.
“We know that Nigeria is getting there with the way things have turned out in the LPG cylinder sub-sector of the economy in recent years.
“The commissioning of our manufacturing plant three years ago has turned out to be the game-changer in the LPG cylinder sector,’’ she noted.
The industrialist assured that her company would continue to roll out strong, safe and reliable LPG cylinders to meet the needs of users.
Obi noted, however, that she was still worried over what she described as unbridled importation of fake and sub-standard cylinders into Nigeria.
She said that government should take a decisive action to save the populace from the effects of importation of fake products, especially LPG cylinders.
The LPG advocate also expressed her optimism that the target of the Federal Government to ensure that up to 13.8 million households embraced LPG for their cooking within the next two years would still be realised.
She restated her position on the need for government to challenge countries that had been dumping fake cylinders in Nigeria, saying that the development had been hurting the Nigerian economy.
Obi charged the Nigerian Customs Service, Standards Organisation of Nigeria and the Department of Petroleum Resources to introduce measures to stop importation of fake LPG cylinders.
The Techno Oil chief argued that dominance of fake LPG cylinders in the market was discouraging many homes from embracing cooking gas, a development she said, was affecting the nation’s LPG penetration drive.
Obi restated that in spite of the fact that Nigeria had more gas than oil, the nation had failed to exploit its gas resources optimally, resulting to more homes using fire wood and other unviable energy sources.
“We have always recommended that government should give and sustain incentives, including tax holidays to cylinder manufacturing companies, to make cylinders more affordable and available for everyone.’’
Edited By: Silas Nwoha (NAN)