Written by Godfrey AKON

NASS backs NNPC’s drive to increase oil production

The National Assembly has endorsed efforts by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to significantly grow oil production to boost the nation’s revenue base.

Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum, Upstream, Hon. Musa Sarkin-Adar, made this known last Wednesday while touring the NNPC Pavilion at the 24th World Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

A statement by NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said Sarkin-Adar stressed the need for efficient collaboration to satisfy the expectations of Nigerians.

“Nigerians are desirous of getting better performance and service delivery and all we are yearning for is to get higher productivity from oil exploration to grow revenue towards meeting the energy needs of Nigerians”, the Chairman stated.

Speaking further, the lawmaker noted that for Nigeria to catch up in the technological advancement witnessed in the oil and gas industry, NNPC needed the support of all stakeholders.

He stated that his committee was determined to deploy result-oriented strategies in handling the challenges facing the Energy Industry in Nigeria.

While describing the current leadership of the NNPC as visionary, he observed that the entrenchment of Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence, TAPE, by the GMD, Mallam Mele Kyari, represents positive signs for the corporation.

He said “I am delighted with the GMD’s Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE) agenda to drive the Oil and Gas Industry. I am encouraged that we are having somebody with foresight and somebody who is ready to move the corporation from where it is to the next level.”

Meanwhile, the chairman of the organising committee of the 24th World Energy Congress, Dr Matar Alneyadi, has commended Nigeria for its active participation at the triennial conference.

Alneyadi maintained that the country remained an important player in the oil and gas business at both continental and global level.

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