The newly-appointed Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, has assumed duties with a pledge to reposition and chart a way forward for the Nigerian petroleum sector.
NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, quoted him as pledging to work with the experts at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the other departments and agencies under the ministry.
In a welcome ceremony at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, Sylva stated that with the calibre of workforce in the Ministry, he was sure that the nation’s oil and gas sector would move to the next level.
“I will like to familiarise with what is happening in the ministry.
“It is only after that we will sit down again and reposition the ministry and then we chart a way forward,” he said.
Sylva served as the Special Adviser to the former Minister of Petroleum, Edmund Daukoru, 15 years ago.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, reassured Sylva of the readiness of all members of staff in the Ministry to support him to succeed in the onerous task of transforming the Nigerian oil and gas sector for the good of all stakeholders.
Others at the ceremony were the Group Managing Director of NNPC, 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), Alhaji Ahmed Bobboi, among others.