Promises Buhari Made to Exxon-Mobil, NLNG

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President Buhari being presented with working document of Exxonmobil operation Chairman-MD Exxonmobile Nigeria, Nolan O’Neal

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President Muhammadu Buhari promises reforms and new policies in oil and gas sector to boost national income when the chief executives of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company and a delegation from Exxon-Mobil led by Nolan O’Neal visited him in Abuja on Tuesday, June 30

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday in Abuja that his administration will undertake appropriate reforms and implement fresh policies to boost national income from oil and gas production.

At separate meetings with delegations from Exxon-Mobil led by Nolan O’Neal, Exxon-Mobil delegation was led by its managing director, and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company, NLNG, Buhari listed the removal of bureaucratic bottlenecks created by multiple government agencies that currently impede the operations of companies in the oil and gas sector as one of the reforms to be undertaken by his administration. The new administration will also give priority attention to the security of oil and gas installations as well as maritime security in its bid to boost national earnings from the sector.

President Buhari (R) being presented with a prototype of the NLG Plant by Babs Omotowa (3rd L), MD, NLG; Joseph Dawha, GMD, NNPC; Isa Inuwa and others during a meeting with the company at the Presidential Villa in Abuja
President Buhari (R) being presented with a prototype of the NLG Plant by Babs Omotowa (3rd L), MD, NLG; Joseph Dawha, GMD, NNPC; Isa Inuwa and others during a meeting with the company at the Presidential Villa in Abuja

“It is the responsibility of the federal government to secure the environment. The vandalism of oil installations and pipelines, piracy, oil theft and the fall in the international price of oil have made our economic situation very disturbing. This government will do all within its powers to secure the environment and encourage more investments in the oil sector,’’ Buhari said, adding that his administration will ensure that Nigeria’s oil and gas industry quickly becomes more globally competitive.

Assuring the NLNG delegation of his administration’s full support for plans to expand the total production capacity of the company, the president regretted that political squabbles and interference in the past had prevented it from attaining its full potentials.

“Today, we are celebrating six trains. It could have been 12 trains if all had gone according to plan,” President Buhari said.

The NLNG delegation included Joseph Dawha, group managing director of NNPC, and Babs Omotowa, managing director of NLNG.

Omotowa requested the president’s support for Train 7 of the NLNG, which, he said would create additional 18,000 construction jobs and an additional three billion dollars dividend to government when operational. He also asked for the President’s intervention in reducing the number of multiple government agencies around the plant that have made its business globally uncompetitive.

— Jul 13, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT

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