President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to diversifying Nigeria’s economy and eliminating poverty still remains on track.
The President made this statement at the virtual inauguration of the National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre at the Department of Petroleum Resources headquarters, Lagos.
The President who was represented by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Nigeria would do everything possible to maintain it’s position as the regional leader in oil and gas industry.
According to him, “You would recall that at the beginning of this administration, we set a clear roadmap for the oil and gas sector in order to increase value from the nation’s huge resource potential and create opportunities for investors, both local and foreign, when I declared that: ‘Nigeria is Open for Business!’
”I am delighted that since then, we have witnessed major Final Investment Decisions in the sector such as the AKK Pipeline project, the NLNG Train-7 project, and the completion of the 5,000 barrels per day Waltersmith Modular refinery.
‘’Our renewed drive for economic diversification using the oil and gas industry as a pivot remains on track as we expand government revenues and deploy them to grow our Gross Domestic Product, generate employment and contribute to eliminating poverty in Nigeria.
‘’This National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre will serve as an integrated resource complex to drive safety, value and cost efficiency in the industry. It is therefore another milestone in the development of oil and gas sector and the realisation of greater value for the country” he concluded.