Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission Considers Relocation of Units to Lagos



In a move aimed at enhancing operational efficiency and optimizing resources, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) is contemplating relocating some of its units to Lagos.

A memo dated February 14, 2024, obtained by Channels, outlined the commission’s intentions to explore this strategic shift.

The memo, signed by Dr. Kelechi Onyekachi Ofoegbu on behalf of the Commission, cited several reasons for the proposed relocation. It emphasized the objectives of improving organizational efficiency, driving industry growth, and managing office accommodation costs in Abuja.

By considering a move to Lagos, the NUPRC aims to enhance service delivery, reduce operational expenses, and maximize the utilization of assets in the commercial hub.

In light of these objectives, the memo urged each department to identify units capable of operating independently with minimal supervision.

Submissions on potential units for relocation are expected by the close of business on Friday, February 23, 2024.

The potential relocation of NUPRC units to Lagos follows a recent trend, including the relocation of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) headquarters to the same city.

The move signals a significant shift in the regulatory landscape, with implications for both the petroleum industry and administrative dynamics within the Nigerian government.

If implemented, the relocation could pave the way for increased efficiency, reduced costs, and enhanced regulatory oversight in the petroleum sector.

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