Tinubu Improving Gas Sector, Investments – Verheijen

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The administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will continue to explore ways to improve the country’s business climate so as to attract more investments into the gas and energy sector.
This was stated by the special adviser to the president on energy, Mrs. Olu Arowolo Verheijen, when she spoke in Abuja at the Day 2 Plenary session of the ongoing Nigeria International Energy Summit (NIES) 2024.
She was part of a high-level panel that included the secretary-general of OPEC, His Excellency, Haitham al-Ghais; secretary general, APPO, Dr Omar Farouk; secretary-general, International Energy Forum (IEF), His Excellency, Joseph McMonigle; Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Annett Günther; CEO, Lekoil Ltd, Mr. Olalekan Akinyanmi; CEO, Shell Companies in Nigeria, and Chairman OPTS, Mr. Osagie Okunbor.
The panel was moderated by the former minister of state for petroleum resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu.
In response to a question on how Nigeria is balancing meeting its energy needs and global requirements for energy transition, Verheijen noted that “Nigeria has a significant role to play in the global energy markets, in not only meeting energy security to address energy security at home, as well as on the continent, and to make sure we’re doing so sustainably and that this is affordable.”
“This includes the use of energy in meeting various end uses to power our industrialization, to literally gas to power value chain, or even in domestic uses,” she added.
While these efforts are still in early stages, Verheijen emphasized that the President Tinubu administration remained focused on increasing investments in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria.
The special adviser also noted that concerted efforts towards improving the country’s competitiveness and its ability to attract more local, regional and foreign capital/ investments to the sector are ongoing.
It would be recalled that in September 2023, the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Energy, in partnership with the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) had a series of engagements with leading international and independent Oil and Gas Companies operating in Nigeria.
From these engagements, it was noted that there are significant investment opportunities for the country’s energy sector, which is projected to hit $55.2 billion by 2030, and $13.5 billion of this is expected to be invested by these companies in the short term.
Speaking further at the panel, Verheijen stated that “one of the focus areas for this administration is to ensure that the government doesn’t stay in the business of investing capital in a sector that can easily attract private sector capital. We have to ensure that the opportunity sets are just as attractive and rank high in global portfolios of investors.”
“If we’re not in a competitive environment and we’re not making sure that our opportunities are attractive, then we will not be able to attract that capital.”
She added that the Federal Government will continue to explore strategies to ramp up investments in the energy sector and so boost economic development and improvement in the livelihoods of Nigerians.
Similarly, speaking on the global energy transition, the special adviser noted that in Nigeria, gas, which the country has in abundance, is our ‘transition fuel and our fuel for the future.”
She said, “We have to make sure that we are transitioning from fossil fuels in a way that matches the affordability of sustainable energy sources.”


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