Jonathan appoints new DPR director, NSC CEO

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goodluck-jonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Mr. George Abiodun Osahon as Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

Osahon who has over 30 years experience in the petroleum sector, is to replace the incumbent, Mr. Osten Olorunshola, who was appointed to the position in 2011.

Previous positions held by the new DPR director include Group general manager – National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), managing director, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and of Energia. He is currently the Managing Director of Geo-Concept Technical Limited and hails from Edo State.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, said Osahon was expected to reposition the DPR and enhance the department’s ability to address the critical challenges of regulating the upstream and downstream sectors of the petroleum industry, as well as enforcing the provisions of the country’s petroleum laws.

The statement said the president had also approved the appointment of Mr. Hassan Bello as the substantive Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers Council.

Bello who held the position in an acting capacity until now, was the council’s director of Legal Services.

He hails from Kebbi State and graduated from Ahmadu Bello University’s Faculty of Law in 1981. He later obtained a Masters of Law from the university in 1990.

Before joining the Nigerian Shippers Council in 1998, Bello had worked with the Sokoto State Ministry of Justice and the Sokoto Investment Company.

 

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