President promises reforms, new policies in oil and gas sector

01 July 2015, Abuja – Determined to boost the nation’s income from the sector, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said his administration will undertake appropriate reforms and implement fresh policies in the oil and gas production.

oil workersThe president spoke at separate meetings with delegations from Exxon- Mobil and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG).

He listed the removal of bureaucratic bottlenecks created by multiple government agencies that currently impede the operations of  companies in the oil and gas sector as one of the reforms to be undertaken by his administration.

The president, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, noted that his government will also give priority attention to the security of oil and gas installations, as well as maritime security in its bid to boost national earnings from the sector.

“It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to secure the environment.

“The vandalism of oil installations and pipelines, piracy, oil theft and the fall in the international price of oil have made our economic situation very disturbing.

“This government will do all within its powers to secure the environment and encourage more investments in the oil sector’’ Buhari said.

He explained that his administration will  ensure that Nigeria’s oil and gas industry quickly becomes more globally competitive.

Assuring the NLNG delegation of his administration’s full support for plans to expand the total production capacity of the company, the President regretted that political squabbles and interference in the past had prevented it from attaining its full potentials.

“Today, we are celebrating six trains. It could have been 12 trains if all had gone according to plan” the president stressed.

The NLNG delegation included  the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Joseph Dawha and the Managing Director of NLNG, Mr. Babs Omotowa.

Mr. Omotowa requested the President’s support for Train 7 of the NLNG, which, he said would create additional 18,000 construction jobs and an additional three billion dollars dividend to government when operational.

He also asked for the President’s intervention in reducing the number of multiple government agencies around the plant that have made its business globally uncompetitive.

The  Exxon-Mobil delegation was  led by its Managing Director, Mr Nolan O’Neal.

– This Day

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