By Victor Graham
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva has been named as the country’s gas person of the year by the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA).
President of the association, Mr. Audrey Joe-Ezigbo, said in Abuja that the award to Sylva was because of the pioneering, bold and creative adventure he has initiated towards utilizing the nation’s vast gas reserves.
He said the minster since his appointment has introduced far reaching reforms that has transformed the nation’s gas sector and lauded him for his commitment and exemplary leadership style.
Responding during the association’s virtual award presentation and lectures, Sylva commended the event’s rich content and thanked the association for honouring him.
He stated his unyielding resolve for a gas-powered Nigeria in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s drive for industrialization of the country through gas.
He said : “The 12th NGA international conference 2021 has been a worthwhile gathering of industry professionals and stakeholders doing justice to the theme “Powering Forward: Enabling Nigeria’s Industrialization via Gas.
“Virtually all the presentations and panel discussions in this year’s conference were excellently delivered and thought provoking with workable solutions on how to change the narrative of our economy with Nigeria’s abundant gas resources.
“I am very happy to realize that our drive for gas penetration through the National Gas Expansion Programme has now developed to execution stage with the backing of a host of private Investors and Associations such as NGA.
“Let me assure you that the Federal Government is committed to the speedy passage of the PIB which will enshrine an investor friendly, market-led gas pricing structure that will ensure the willing-buyer-willing-seller regime echoed throughout the summit”.