PIA: Senate confirms nominees for downstream authority

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THE Senate, yesterday, confirmed the appointment of 4 nominees as members of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, NMDPRA.

The nominees are Idaere Ogan (Chairman); Farouk A. Ahmed (Chief Executive Officer); Abiodun Adeniji (Executive Director, Finance and Accounts); and Ogbugo Ukoha (Executive Director, Distributions System, Storage and Retail Infrastructure).

The affirmation of the nominees adopted the consideration of a report by the Committee on Downstream Petroleum Sector throughout plenary.

The report was offered by its Chairman, Senator Sabo Mohammed.

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Mohammed, in his presentation, stated: “The nominees possess the technical knowledge and professional expertise to be Chairman, Chief Executive and Executive Directors of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.”

He said that the Committee didn’t obtain any petition towards their nominations for appointment, including that they have been cleared by the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services, DSS, and possess the Code of Conduct Acknowledgement Slips.

Also talking, Senator Ajibola Basiru stated: “I think this should be noted for Nigerians to know that the country is ready for full utilization and optimization of the benefits in the oil and gas sector.”

In his remarks, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan stated that the nominees are primed to put the muse for the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority.

He stated: “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.

“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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PIA: Senate confirms nominees for downstream authority

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