WORK MORE CLOSELY WITH INDIGENOUS OIL PRODUCERS, PRESIDENT BUHARI TELLS NNPC

President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja
assured indigenous companies operating in Nigeria’s
oil and gas sector of the full support and protection of
his administration.
At a meeting with members of the Independent
Petroleum Producers Association in the Presidential
Villa, President Buhari commended their determination
to increase the participation of Nigerians in the
country’s oil industry and promised to do all within his
powers to address the challenges which they currently
face.
The President then directed the management of the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to
work more closely with the indigenous oil producers to
resolve the problems which they enumerated to him.
“We have the manpower for a more effective
participation in our oil industry. We will give you all
possible encouragement. You certainly won’t be
ignored under my leadership,” President Buhari told
members of the association which represents about 20
Nigerian companies operating mainly on onshore
fields.
The President particularly assured the Nigerian oil
producers that the present administration will take
appropriate actions to maintain and enhance security
in their areas of operation, noting that better security
will help to lower production costs, which, he said, had
become unnecessarily high in the country.
Mr. Austin Avuru, who spoke on behalf of the Nigerian
oil producers, told the President of challenges currently
being faced by the group such as security and the
funding of joint ventures with the NNPC.
He told the President that the indigenous oil producers
were already making significant contributions to the
development of the Nigerian economy and could do
more with the support of the present administration.
Also Wednesday in Abuja, President Buhari commended
ongoing efforts by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and
National Orientation to generate more revenue through
its various agencies.
President Buhari, who spoke at the end of a briefing by
Mrs. Nkechi Ejele, the Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry, thanked her for “a very good presentation”
and promised that his government will support the
Ministry’s activities.
The Permanent Secretary presented a number of
proposals to the President, including the easing of
visas for tourists and the establishment of a tourism
development fund.
Garba Shehu
SSA to the President

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