President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate to confirm appointments Chairman, Chief Executive and Executive Commissioners for the Upstream Regulatory Commission; and Chairman, Chief Executive and Executive Directors for the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.
In letters to President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, the President said he was acting in accordance with the provisions of the different laws governing the establishments.
For the upstream Regulatory Commission, Isa Ibrahim Modibbo is nominated as Chairman; Engr. Gbenga Komolafe, Chief Executive; Hassan Gambo, Executive Commissioner, Finance and Accounts; and Ms Rose C. Ndong, Executive Commissioner, Exploration and Acreage Management.
Chairman nominee of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority is Idaere Gogo Ogan; Engr. Sarki Auwalu, Chief Executive; Abiodun A. Adeniji, Executive Director, Finance and Accounts; and Ogbugo Ukoha, Executive Director, Distributions Systems, Storage and Retail Infrastructure.
The Act which was signed into law last month by the President saw the creation of a new Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission, that will assume most of the upstream regulatory functions of the Department of Petroluem Resources, thereby becoming a key regulator.
The PIA also provides for the establishment of Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) to oversee the regulation of the midstream and downstream petroleum operations in the country
As Chief Executive of upstream Regulatory Commission, Komolafe is to serve for a period of five years. The position is also renewable once for another five years according to the Act.
Also, Mr. Sarki Auwalu as the Chief Executive Officer for the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority who is the current Director/Chief Executive Officer of the DPR, would serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Authority for five years.
The position is also renewable once for another 5 years.
Also sent to the senate are the names of the Secretary and Board members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Nominees for the EFCC Board are; George Abang Ekpungu, Secretary of the Commission (Cross River); Lukman Muhammed, (Edo), Anumba Adaeze (Enugu), Alhaji Kola Raheem Adesina (Kwara), and Alhaji Yahaya Muhammad (Yobe).
President Buhari urged the Senate to consider and confirm the nominees in an expeditious manner.