Envoy Says Nigeria Critical Priority For US-Africa Relations

 Envoy Says Nigeria Critical Priority For US-Africa Relations

Amb. Mary Warlick, the Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, says Nigeria remains a critical priority for the U.S. and Africa bilateral relations.

Warlick said this during a meeting with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu in Washington.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by Idang Alibi, Director of Press in the Ministry, Warlick commended Nigeria on the significant steps taken in the Oil and Gas Industry reforms.

”I commend Nigeria on the significant steps taken in the oil and gas industry, especially in the area of shared insights gained by the U.S. team from reviewing the National Oil policy, gas policy, fiscal policy and the draft of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill and Petroleum Industry Fiscal Bill developed by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.”

Responding, Kachikwu said the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari had set out plans that had to be made over the next four years.

He outlined steps the ministry had taken in achieving this through the continuous implementation of the 7BigWins – the Nigerian Petroleum roadmap; which focuses on stabilising the business environment, enshrining openness and transparency, developing and entrenching new policies and regulations.

He also hinted on the launch of a pet project – ”Project 100” aimed at maximising and unleashing talents by identifying 100 Nigerian geniuses to fund.

”And we are willing to make a change in the industry and collaborating with them to find solutions to the industry’s problems with a view to putting Nigeria on the path of glory,” the minister stated. 

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