Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has
pledged commitment to prosecuting the amnesty programme in the Niger-Delta with
vigour, to bringing about lasting peace and stability in the area.
This is contained in a statement on Thursday in Abuja by Mr
Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Department, Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The statement explained that Dr Jamila Shu’ara, Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, stated this while delivering
Buhari’s message at the ongoing 167th Organisation of Petroleum Exporting
Countries (OPEC) International Seminar in Vienna, Austria.
She said the president was also committed to ensuring
stability in other parts of Nigeria, thus making the operational environment
safe and attractive once again.
"Nigeria is committed to tackling corruption, especially in
the extractive industry.
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"The country will strive to bring back transparency and
accountability in public life, especially in the petroleum industry which is
the mainstay of national economy,’’ she said.
She said Nigeria under the administration of President
Buhari, was committed to playing more effective roles in the affairs of the
Buhari was a one-time Minister of Petroleum Resources and
Head of Nigeria’s Delegation to the OPEC Conference.
She said Buhari would continue to work for the realisation
of the aims and objectives of the organisation.
She was there to convey the message of Buhari and that of
Nigeria to all Heads of Delegation of OPEC Member Countries and representatives
of other countries.
She said Buhari appreciated the keen interest shown and, in
some cases, the support given to Nigeria towards the implementation of what had
become a very successful political transition programme.
On the Petroleum Industry Bill, Dr Shu’ara noted that the
Buhari administration would take a critical look at it with a view to effecting
necessary changes that would facilitate its early passage.
Dr Shu’ara said government would strive to diversify the
economy and put in place essential infrastructure that would aid its growth.
"We are committed to investing in the whole petroleum value
chain, in order to add more value to our national economy from our natural resources
and reduce our over dependence on exported crude oil revenue,” she said.
Dr Joseph Dawha, Group Managing Director of NNPC, during a
presentation at the meeting said despite the odds, crude oil would continue to
play an important role in the future world energy balance.
Dahwa said government would continue to resolve difficult
challenges regarding oil supply in the world energy market.
"Thus (this will) achieve a more efficient use of existing
oil resources, discover new oil reservoirs, with greater accuracy and also lead
to more efficient oil extraction from existing field.
"New technology and climate change would most likely once
again dramatically change the landscape of future oil supply by rapidly
increasing supply sources and applying significantly downward pressure on oil
"Additionally, with traditional oil importing nations
becoming more self-sufficient, the struggle for available markets is likely to
become even fiercer,’’ the GMD said.
Dawha called on the global oil industry to always seek to
strike that delicate balance between adaptation of technology to increase
production and the need to protect the environment.
"Environmental protection and sustainable development
continue to be of great importance; we should also aim to adopt environmental
policies that guarantee sustainable production as we seek to secure future
diminishing oil markets,’’ he said