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Sylva assumes office as OPEC assures support

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan (right), introducing Heads of Departments and Agencies under the Ministry to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva (2ndfrom right), as he exchanges pleasantries with the NNPC GMD, Mallam Mele Kyari (3rd from right) at a brief welcome event held for the Minister at the NNPC Towers, Abuja. With them is the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Training Development Fund (PTDF), Dr. Bello Aliyu Gusau (left).

The newly appointed Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Mr. Timipre Sylva on Wednesday assumed office promising to reposition the ministry and support the growth of the petroleum industry.

Mr. Sylva who was received by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr. Folashade Yemi Esan together with directors and chief executives of parastatals under the ministry including Group Managing director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said he would take a little time to evaluate the ministry and then come up with a roadmap to move the industry forward.

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He said: “Today I would say is not a day for speech making at all. I will like to get familiarise with what is going on in the ministry, it is only after that we will sit down again and ensure that we reposition the ministry and then chart a way forward.”

“Mr. President has asked me for a meeting where he will give me some mandate and then based on that we will have our meeting. I know that we have a very competent management already especially at NNPC, PTDF, DPR and NCDMB.”

Addressing the heads of parastatals under the ministry, Sylva said “I will like to take some briefing from all of you where we stand and where we are going so that I will know the way forward.”

In a congratulatory message to the minister, OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo said: “Timi Sylva is a veteran of the oil industry in Nigeria where he served as adviser to former Petroleum Minister.”

“He will bring his rich experience to bear on his new and heavy responsibilities. OPEC looks forward to working with him to advance the implementation of the historic Declaration of Cooperation and Charter of Cooperation.”

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