The Federal Government under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged its commitment to playing more proactive and effective roles in the affairs of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Speaking in Vienna, Austria at the ongoing OPEC International Seminar, Head of Nigeria’s Delegation to the 167th OPEC Meeting Dr. Jamila Shu’ara stated that Nigeria under the leadership of Muhammadu Buhari, a one-time Minister of Petroleum Resources will continue to work for the realisation of the aims and objectives of the organization.
Dr. Shu’ara’s remark was followed by an incisive presentation to the 6th OPEC International Seminar by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Joseph T. Dawha under the theme: Technology and the Environment.
“I am here to covey to all Heads of Delegation of OPEC Member Countries, and indeed representatives of other countries, President Muhammadu Buhari’s gratitude, that of the Government and the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Member Countries of our Organisation, and indeed the international community, for the keen interest shown and, in some cases, the support given to Nigeria towards the implementation of what has become a very successful political transition programme,’’ Dr. Shu’ara said.
She noted that the Buhari Administration is committed to prosecuting the amnesty programme in Nigeria’s Niger-Delta with vigour with a view to bringing about lasting peace and stability in the area as well as 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 and will strive to bring back transparency and accountability in public life especially in the petroleum industry which is the mainstay of national economy’’.
On the Petroleum Industry Bill, Dr. Shu’ara noted that although the Bill is still in the National Assembly, the Buhari Administration will take a critical look at it with a view to effecting necessary changes that will facilitate its early passage. “I would like to assure industry players that Government will work assiduously to ensure the speedy passage of the Bill and even speedier implementation of the related programmes’’.