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Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), claims the Federal Government is about to sign a $20 billion contract to increase Nigeria’s oil and gas output.

Lokpobiri made the remarks on Thursday in Abuja during a courtesy visit by a group from Schlumberger (SLB) Ltd., led by its global CEO, Mr Olivier Le Peuch.

Lokpobiri stated that no investment has taken place in Nigeria in some years, resulting in a declining trend in output. However, he pledged that the country will receive investments totaling more than $20 billion, with one enterprise accounting for $10 billion.

He stated that one of President Bola Tinubu’s primary goals was to harness the potential of oil and gas sector to harness the benefits of huge deposits.

“We are talking to a lot of the big investors who have always invested big in the country. “And I am not going to tell you the details now, because it’s something I want to announce when the deal is finally consummated,” he said.

Lokpobiri explained that the Federal Government was committed to creating an enabling environment for investors to tap into the business opportunities inherent in the country.

He assured that the Tinubu administration was focusing on creating the best environment for investments to return for the benefit of Nigerians, and also for the benefit of those companies that have always invested in the country.

“We’ll bring not only Schlumberger, where the pie is so big, the opportunities are so big, that not only Schlumberger can do it.

“We want to use this opportunity to call on the other international service companies to also come back; there is a new sheriff in town that is determined to do things differently,” he said.

He further said the partnership with Schlumberger was significant having made impact in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry in the last 71 years.

He added that the company’s visit to Nigeria was a testament to the fact that confidence was coming back to unlock the potential in the oil and gas sector.

“As a government, we want to continue with this 71-year marriage. If you are married to a woman for 71 years, you’ve taken all the good parts of her life. So, you can’t divorce her and allow her to die.

“Our journey for the past 70 years, from 1958 when oil was found in commercial quantity in Oloibiri in the Niger Delta, SLB has played a very strategic role.

“So, our own, you know, as government of Nigeria, is to ensure that we create the beast environments, not only competitive, but best environment that you can invest in.

“I can assure you that all these things we discussed will be given the most serious attention. And we’ll do whatever we can to ensure that we create that environment.” he added.

Earlier, Le Peuch, on his part expressed optimism working with Nigeria to boost oil and gas investment while unlocking the performance of the oil and gas industry in the country.

Le Peuch further assured of his commitment to strengthen the relationship and partnership with Nigeria to pave way for greater success in Nigeria.

“We are ready to work with you as partners, we are ready to contribute to the change that you are willing to put in place, to facilitate a newborn era for oil and gas investment into the country,” he said. 

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