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Senate Okays Four-Man Board For NMDPRA

The Senate Thursday confirmed the appointment of four nominees as members of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA).

Those confirmed are Idaere Gogo 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 confirmation of the nominees followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Downstream Petroleum Sector during plenary.

The report was presented by its chairman, Senator Sabo Mohammed (Jigawa South-West).

Mohammed said that their appointments are in accordance with the provisions of section 34(3) of the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021.

According to the lawmaker, “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 stated that the Committee did not receive any petition against their nominations for appointment, adding that they were cleared by the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services (DSS) and possess the Code of Conduct Acknowledgement Slips.

Senator Ajibola Basiru (Osun Central), said the synergy between the executive and legislature has paid off from committed efforts aimed at stabilising the economy, particularly the oil and gas sector with the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan advised the confirmed nominees to work in collaboration with the relevant Committees of the National Assembly to ensure positive outcomes in the oil and gas sector.

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