In its efforts to encourage the use of gas as a source of energy, The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, NMDPRA has engaged Stakeholders in the energy sector in the north east on the need to utilize the product as a source of energy.
According to the regulatory authority, the engagement and sensitization program is the first step taken toward ensuring smooth migration to the use of gas in the country.
North East regional controller of Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Engineer Yusuf Shehu said the essence of the engagement is to sensitize stake holders in the energy sector on the advantages of transiting from the use of fossil fuel to gas because it is a clean and cheap source of energy.
He said as the world is gradually transiting to the usage of other alternative sources of energy, Nigeria should not be left behind hence the need for the stakeholders to know how important it is to use gas as a source of energy above other sources.
According to him, the engagement is also aimed at informing stake holders on the mandatory steps to be taken for users of petroleum as well.
In his keynote address, the Executive director, Distribution systems, storage and retailing infrastructure, DSSRI,(Full meaning) Mr. Ogbugo Ukoha said, the objective of the engagement is to enlighten the end user category on the need to urgently obtain the requisite petroleum storage license and to engender the transition from white products to gas at the last mile.
He appealed to all petroleum handlers to fully comply with the provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act and NMDPRA regulations to avoid strong regulatory enforcement which may have adverse impact on their business operations.
Commending the NMDPRA on the engagement, a stake holder from the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Professor Sanusi Mohammed Ibrahim said the workshop has given sufficient benefits of using gas over other sources of energy and it is a transition that many will like to key into.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority Farouk Ahmed said the authority is empowered by the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 to enable growth of the industry.
He therefore hoped that the engagement will create necessary awareness and make the compelling case for industry operators to foster compliance culture which can guarantee safer and suitable facilities.
In their separate goodwill messages, the commissioner, Adamawa state ministry of commerce, trade and industry, Mrs Justina Obadiah Nkom who was represented by the acting director Industries Mr. Nicholas Istifanus, as well as representatives of Dangote Sugar Refineries Numan, Greenville energy and Nipco among others thanked the NMDPRA for finding time to organize the engagement, promising that they are ready to key in as the transition begins.