President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday pledged his administration’s unalloyed commitment to leverage Nigeria’s gas to develop the fledgling economy.
The President, who stated this at the meeting with the Board and Management of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited at the State House, Abuja, said plans are afoot to leverage domestic utilization, processing and international export of Nigeria’s massive gas resources as a transition fuel to catalyze the fundamental restructuring of the nation’s economy for expansive growth during his tenure.
President Tinubu also affirmed that all encumbrances to the entrepreneurial progress and development of Nigeria’s industrious citizens, as well as any further impediments to business practice in the Oil & Gas sector, specifically, will be swiftly removed to create more opportunities for Nigerian companies and international partners to thrive on the natural and human resource bestowed on the nation.
“It is now a collaborative effort in thinking and doing. We will work with all partners to redefine the future of our economy,”
The President told the NLNG delegation, led by NLNG Board Chairman Edmund Daukuru, the natural ruler of Nembe Kingdom and the NLNG Managing Director, Philip Mshelbila.
President Tinubu affirmed the position of natural gas as Nigeria’s gateway to sustainable development and prosperity, pledging to build a partnership with investors that will guarantee job opportunities and skill development for Nigerian youths in the overriding best interest of the oil and gas producing environments.
“It is all about growing the pie so that Nigerians will benefit,” the President said, adding that “skill development will help the many restive youths who need to be carried along and employed. Their lives need to be more predictable and prosperous.
President Tinubu appreciated the difficulties faced by the NLNG, particularly on security, affirming that stakeholders, including the host communities and security agencies, will play more central roles in resolving troublesome points of contention for more peaceful and profitable operations on a sustainable basis.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Board told the President that the frustrations faced by non-government stakeholders in operations were being collectively shared with the Government and that the communities should play a more significant role in facilitating the situation, noting that issues of trust between investors and host assemblies must be adequately handled with an emphasis on end-to-end process inclusivity.
Mshelbila and the delegation congratulated the President for winning the 2023 Presidential elections and setting the tone early and aggressively with bold, correct, long-term reforms that will transform the Nigerian economy quickly.
He further stated that the company had provided a new efficiency standard in Nigerian public and private sector ppartnershipstorthy of emulation.
While noting the contribution of more than One Billion U.S. Dollars ($1bn) to new tax revenue generation in 2022, the NLNG Chief Executive emphasized that this was achieved despite NLNG operating significantly below capacity, due to regional insecurity, in addition to changing industry tax modifications introduced by successive Finance Act amendments, of which they heartily commended the President’s recent action to suspend the impediment-inducing provisions in recent weeks.