New MD vows to improve SNGPL

Uzma Adil says all possible steps shall be taken for improvement


Zia Tanoli/arshad Shaheen September 06, 2015
PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE: Newly appointed managing director of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) Uzma Adil has said she will take all possible steps for the betterment of the company.

She said projects will be completed on an emergency basis while all necessary steps will be taken at the regional level to address the complaints of consumers.



In an exclusive interview with Daily Express, Uzma said she will perform her duties to the best of her abilities so that she can prove herself worthy of the trust the government has shown in her.

She replaces Arif Hameed who was removed on Friday.

Uzma said SNGPL will cooperate with all other organisations to help complete power sector projects. She said new complaint cells will be established at all the regional centres to address complaints of faulty bills. She added that strict action will be taken against persons involved in gas theft.

Arif says he may turn to court

Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited Managing Director Arif Hameed has been removed from his post. He will be replaced by Uzma Adil.

According to sources, Hameed was appointed during the Pakistan Peoples Party government by now-former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain, who is currently in the custody of the paramilitary Rangers.

Federal Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had protested against his appointment.

Hameed said he was pressured into signing the NLG project without the approval of the board of directors. “I had refused to carry out this illegal action.”

He said he is considering approaching the court after a meeting scheduled with the board of directors.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 6th, 2015.

COMMENTS (5)

Discreet | 6 years ago | Reply I dealt with arif hameed about 6 years back when he was GM for lahore region. I found him not worthy of GM position. I do not know how he became MD
Civil servant | 6 years ago | Reply @YAS you are right in saying that we should not judge people without evidence to support it. However, as @Ali Kuli points out, Mr. Hameed was appointed by the currently incarcerated Dr. Asim. furthermore, my research reveals that Mr. Hammed is under investigation by the FIA on various accounts of white collar crime. Connect all the dots and it seems that his removal goes beyond the LNG contract negotiations. I think that the government is cleaning house after the recent fiasco of arrests at Sui Sorthern. With that said, charges against Mr. Named have not been substantiated in the courts as of today.
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