The Senate yesterday confirmed the nominations of five Executive Directors designate of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA).
The confirmation followed the consideration and adoption of a report by its Committee on Downstream Petroleum Sector during plenary.
Those confirmed include: Francis Ogaree, Executive Director, Hydrocarbon Processing Plants, Installations and Transportation Infrastructure; and Dr. Mustapha Lamorde, Executive Director, Health, Safety, Environment and Community.
Others are Mansur Kuliya, Executive Director, Midstream and Downstream Gas Infrastructure; Bashir Sadiq, Executive Director, Corporate Services and Administration; and Dr Zainab Gobir, Executive Director, Economic Regulations and Strategic Planning.
They exhibited a high level understanding of the challenges, complexities and opportunities inherent in the Petroleum Industry.
The Committee Chairman, Sabo Mohammed, in his presentation, recalled that the Senate on February 8, considered President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the confirmation of the nominees, in accordance with the provisions of Section 34(3) of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021.
Mohammed noted that the Act empowers the President to make appointments into the NMDPRA Board subject to the confirmation of the Senate.
He said: “They exhibited a high level understanding of the challenges, complexities and opportunities inherent in the Petroleum Industry.
“Their knowledge and experiences will be of great benefit to the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority and the oil and gas sector in general.”
He disclosed that the Committee did not receive any petition against their nominations, adding that they were cleared by the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services (DSS), and also possess the Code of Conduct Acknowledgment slips.