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Senate confirms NMDPRA board members



Barely 24 hours after confirming the nomination of board members of the Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission, NURC, the Senate also approved the appointment of four nominees as members of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, NMDPRA.

The nominees are Idaere Gogo Ogan as chairman of the new agency; Farouk A. Ahmed – Chief Executive Officer; Abiodun Adeniji – Executive Director, Finance and Accounts; and Ogbugo Ukoha as the Executive Director, Distributions System, Storage and Retail Infrastructure.

Their confirmation followed the consideration of a report by the Senate Committee on Downstream Petroleum Sector, chaired by Senator Sabo Mohammed (APC Jigawa South-West) duringplenary.

Presenting the report, Senator Mohammed said that the appointments of the nominees were in accordance with the provisions of section 34(3) of the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021.

According to the lawmaker, “the nominees posses the technical knowledge and professional expertise to be Chairman, Chief Executive and Executive Directors of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.”

He stated that the committee did not receive any petition against their nominations for appointment, adding that they were cleared by the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services (DSS) and possess the Code of Conduct Acknowledgement Slips.

Contributing, Senator Ajibola Basiru (APC Osun Central), said the synergy between the executive and legislature has paid of from committed efforts aimed at stabilizing the Nigerian economy, particularly the Oil and Gas sector with the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act.

“I think this should be noted for Nigerians to know that country is ready for full utilization and optimization of the benefits in the oil and gas sector”, he said.

In his remarks after the confirmation of the appointments, the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, said that the nominees are primed to lay the foundation for the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority.

He, therefore, advised them to work in collaboration with the relevant committees of the National Assembly to ensure positive outcomes in the oil and gas sector.

He said: “They need to work hard, they need to be selfless. What they do is going to impact very significantly on the reform of the petroleum industry in Nigeria.

“(And) in fact, when they work hard on the foundation, they could get it right and then any other development in the future will be on a very sound, strong and stable foundation.

“To do otherwise is not an option. This is a trust that this nation has bestowed on them.”

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