The Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mr Sarki Auwalu, has won the 2020 Distinguished Energy Sector Corporate award.
The award was conferred on him by the Nigerian Association of Energy Economics (NAEE) at the dinner to mark its 13th annual international conference in Abuja.
Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, NAEE President, said that the DPR boss was given the award for his outstanding performance in the sector in 2020 in spite the challenging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his remarks at the award ceremony in Abuja, the President, NAEE, Professor Yinka Omorogbe disclosed that the DPR chief executive, despite the threats caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, introduced innovative measures in the Nigerian petroleum sector, adding he also brought about enabling environment that boosted businesses.
“Auwalu was given the award for his outstanding performance in the petroleum sector in 2020, in spite the harsh impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Auwalu is driving the petroleum industry and promoting optimal performance across the entire industry value chain.
He is passionately committed to ensuring that the industry, Nigerians and by extension the global community see the DPR for what it is — an opportunity and a Business enabler,”.
Omorogbe further stated that the DPR boss remains a true champion of the engineering profession and a mentor to so many professionals in the industry.
Meanwhile, Auwalu, in his remarks, said the award was for the agency and all its staff for their commitment towards ensuring an efficient oil and gas sector.
Auwalu, who was represented at the event by the Abuja Zonal Operations Controller, Mr. Abubakar Buba, noted that the oil and gas industry regulator was happy that it was distinguished among other agencies for its effort during the Covid-19 pandemic period.
“The recognition is for the DPR, for its selfless service to the sector and Nigeria as an opportunity house and a business enabler. DPR will do more.
“This award will ginger us to do more. As I have said, DPR has now become a business enabler for Nigeria and an opportunity house, we will do more,” Auwalu said.