The newly appointed Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, has assumed duties with a pledge to reposition and chart a way forward for the Nigerian petroleum sector.
A press release Wednesday by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said Sylva pledged to work with the experts at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the other departments and agencies under the Ministry to move the sector forward.
In a welcome ceremony for the new minister at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, Sylvia, who was accompanied by his wife, Alanyingi Sylva, stated that with the calibre of workforce in the Ministry, he was sure that the nation’s oil and gas sector would move forward.
Mr Sylva, is a former Governor of Bayelsa State. He contributed to the institution of the Amnesty programme in the Niger Delta region which, over time, has led to restoration of peace in the oil producing areas of Nigeria.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, reassured the new minister of the readiness of all members of staff in the Ministry to support him to succeed in the task of transforming the Nigerian oil and gas sector for the good of all stakeholders.
On hand to welcome the Minister at the brief ceremony were the Group Managing director of NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari; Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Training Development Fund (PTDF), Dr. Bello Aliyu Gusau; and the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), Mr Ahmed Bobboi, amongst others.