Chief Timipre Sylva has been appointed The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, and he has assumed duties with a pledge to reposition and chart a way forward for the Nigerian petroleum sector.
The NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said that to move the sector forward Chief Sylva pledged to work with the experts at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the other departments and agencies under the Ministry.
In a welcome ceremony for Chief Sylva at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, the new Minister of State for Petroleum Resources who was accompanied by his wife, Alanyingi Sylva, stated that with the caliber of workforce in the Ministry, he was sure that the nation’s oil and gas sector would move to the next level.
Sylva, who is a former Governor of Bayelsa State brings on the job several years of cognate experience in the petroleum sector and he said to have contributed profoundly to the institution of the Amnesty program in the Niger Delta region which, over time, has led to the restoration of peace in the oil producing areas of Nigeria.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, reassured Chief Sylva of the readiness of all the members of staff in the Ministry to support him to succeed in the onerous task of transforming the Nigerian oil and gas sector for the good of all stakeholders.
On hand to welcome the Minister at the brief ceremony were the Group Managing director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari; Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Training Development Fund (PTDF), Dr. Bello Aliyu Gusau; and the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF), Alhaji Ahmed Bobboi, amongst others.