Nigeria’s current fuel crisis has highlighted the importance of ethical practises and values in the oil and gas industry. Nigeria has been dealing with fuel scarcity for some time, with no end in sight. Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, has acknowledged that the country has an adequate supply of fuel. He attributes the fuel crisis to a lack of infrastructure, rising costs, and greed along the value chain. This situation is not unique to the oil and gas industry, but it serves as a wake-up call for all of us. You need to consider the ethical and moral principles that guide your actions.
The Bible teaches us about the dangers of greed and the importance of acting justly. Proverbs 28:8 (NLT) says, “Income from charging high interest rates will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.” And Micah 6:8 reminds us to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.” It is important for individuals and companies to act with integrity. And to prioritise the well-being of those they serve over financial gain. This is not limited to the oil and gas industry. It is a problem that has infiltrated every aspect of Nigerian society.
You must look inward and consider how you contribute to the problems that afflict your community. Do you run your business with the fear of the Lord? Are you certain that your actions are not causing harm to your community? You must be aware of your role as a salt and light in your world. It is your responsibility to promote ethical practises in your community. In addition, those in positions of power must be held accountable. You can pray for those who hold positions of authority. That God gives them wisdom and guidance in making decisions that benefit everyone.