Buhari nominates Ahmed to replace Auwalu as NPRA CEO

By Akpobor Jirue, Abuja

Barely a week after President Muhammadu Buhari submitted names of key managers of the two regulators of the nation’s petroleum industry, one of the nominated has been relieved of his appointment.

The President has appointed Farouk Ahmed as Chief Executive Officer of the board of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NPRA).

Mr Ahmed, according to the president, will replace Sarki Auwalu, who was earlier named for the position.

The president had in a letter dated September 16, sought the Senate’s approval of Mr Auwalu’s appointment.

The president’s latest announcement was conveyed in a letter to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, as he sought the Senate’s approval of the new appointment.

The President however gave no reason for the replacement.

The letter simply explained that the replacement request was duly in accordance with the provision of Section 34(3) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021.

NPRA is one of the regulatory agencies established by the Petroleum Industry Act which was signed by Buhari in July.

The National Assembly had passed the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) becoming Petroleum Industry Act after the president’s assent in July after several years it was sent to the Assembly.