A Nigerian, Uduak-Joe Ntuk, has been appointed by the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, as the State Oil and Gas Supervisor. Ntuk will be responsible for managing the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR).
Equally important, Ntuk hails from Cross River State in the Nigerian Niger-Delta region.
DOGGR uses science and sound engineering practices to regulate the drilling, operation and permanent closure of energy resource wells. The division prioritizes protecting the public and the environment in its oversight of the oil, natural gas and geothermal industries. These responsibilities are coordinated within California which remains the largest state in America.
The Nigerian, Ntuk had previously served as the Petroleum Administrator for the City of Los Angeles; the second largest city in the United States of America. This was disclosed in a statement from the governor’s office.
“In Los Angeles, he was responsible for oversight and policy of oil fields, gas storage facilities, petroleum refineries and pipeline franchise agreements. Prior to joining the city of Los Angeles, he had worked for several companies, including Tyco, General Electric and Chevron.
Ntuk keen to develop Nigerian petroleum industry
“Being a technical professional with both public and private sector energy experience; he provided technical advice to the Mayor, City Council, and various City Departments,” said the governor’s office.
Further, the statement revealed that Ntuk, a strong believer in Nigeria and its potentials; had expressed his will to share his expertise to further develop the Nigerian petroleum industry and the possibilities of building a mutually-beneficial relationship with the state of California.
“A Nigerian based Oil and Gas Consulting Company is exploring the possibilities and has initiated discussions regarding building a business relationship between the Nigerian oil and gas industry and the state of California through Mr Ntuk.
“He is the first Nigerian-American to hold this position in California’s history…His family is from the Port City of Calabar, Cross River State,” said the statement.