By Ndubuisi Micheal Obineme
Abuja – The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has outlined five key strategies to fortify the Nigerian oil and gas sector for economic stability and growth.
The Director and Chief Executive Officer of DPR, Mr Sarki Auwalu, made this known while presenting a keynote address at the 20th Nigeria oil and gas conference, in Abuja on Tuesday.
Auwalu said the DPR would remain committed to the development of oil and gas sector for economic growth and development.
“For us in the DPR, we contemplate five broad areas in which the industry needs to support the nation for economic growth and stability.
” The areas are legal, institutional, financial, in-sector diversification and indigenous capacity.
“And I have to say that with the focused leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, the key fundamental issues on growth are being addressed, “he said.
According to him, under the legal front, the long-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) that has been passed will enhance clarity in legislative, regulatory, fiscal, and administrative frameworks.
He said that evolving commercial institutions would be strengthened for efficiency, prudent management, financial stewardship, and operational management.
“At the same vein, the regulatory institutions should be strengthened to streamline roles, prevent duplication and promote ambition that will promote regulatory clarity in rules of doing business.
“The overall industry financial provision must be improved for sustainability to protect the oil and gas production level, “he said.
Auwalu noted that millions of dollars were required for investment in infrastructure in the deep offshore, inland basin, frontier basins, marginal field development and gas infrastructure, among others.
He added that investments in the NLNG train 7, AKK gas pipeline project, among others were an indication of an improved business model in the country.