The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, on Tuesday held a meeting with the Secretary of Energy of the United States of America, Mr. Rick Perry, on the sidelines of the 24th Africa Oil Week currently holding in Cape Town, South Africa, THISDAY reports.
While speaking at the meeting, Perry commended Nigeria on the significant steps taken in the oil and gas industry, stating that the key message and thrust of the US administration is to be strategic partners with Nigeria. While reiterating this message, he further stated that the US government has a high level of respect for the people of Nigeria and pledged willingness to continue to encourage US companies to invest in Nigeria’s Oil Sector.
A statement from the Director of Press in the Petroleum Ministry, Mr. Idang Alibi, on Wednesday in Abuja, also stated that the United States has offered to help Nigeria develop her skills in new technologies that could help her grow her oil and gas production. According to the statement, Perry told Kachikwu that the US government would be willing to assist Nigeria with access to newer technology and skill set training to deepen her participation in the production of oil.
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