By Abubakar Baba Ahmad
Nigeria’s Ambassador to Malaysia and Brunei Dr Hajara Ibrahim Salim has promised to push for stronger bilateral trade relations with the two countries towards boosting the nation’s oil and gas industry.
Similarly, the High Commissioner is working with the country’s Professionals in the diaspora to help surmount the challenges in the sector.
Dr Hajara Ibrahim Salim made the promise at the 2021 Nigeria’s Independence Anniversary Celebration organised by the Nigerian Community in Brunei.
The Sixty first Nigeria Independence Anniversary Celebration Webinar with a theme “Nigeria at Sixty one moving forward towards greatness” drew experts from the oil and gas industry.
Speaking on the topic Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry and Energy Transition Conundrum, Dr Hajara Salim who commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the PIB into law and constituting the board of NNPC, called for proactive measure in the maintenance of facilities and clean up areas of oil spillage.
Ambassador Salim who was the Special Guest of Honor at the event promised to facilitate further discussions with the President through the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the deliberations and recommendations of the events for the overall interest and development of the country.
While commending the federal govt for its effort towards the nation’s economic recovery, the High Commissioner charged key actors in the industry especially Nigerians in diaspora to brainstorm and come up with workable solutions that would make the sector a viable competing tool among nations.
Salim further disclosed plans by the embassy under her stewardship to facilitate Foreign Direct Investment to all sectors of the economy and also take steps towards harnessing climate innovative ideas so as to actualise a responsive climate governance architecture.
Earlier, the former Managing Director Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas NLNG Mr Babs Omotowa and Chairman of the Occasion Engineer Ismail Usman who said Nigeria is among the Top 10 countries with huge oil and gas reserve, argued that if the country can address the challenges of infrastructure, power, and trade, it can produce 40 million barrels per day.
Other panelists at the Webinar event were the Country Chairman Shell Companies in Nigeria Mr Osagie Okunbor, MD NLNG Dr Philip Mshelbila and Chairman Nigerian Community Section Panaga Brunei Mr Mike Ikebudu among others.
Meanwhile, issues bothering on exchange rate, improving the relationship between the public and private industries as well as increasing more export than import formed parts of the webinar discussion.