Engr. Sarki Auwalu, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Department of Petroleum Resources on Monday bagged the Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award at the Fourth Valuechain Lecture and Awards in Abuja.
The organisers of the award, Valuechain Magazine, bestowed the award on Auwalu for his outstanding leadership of the petroleum regulatory agency.
They said further that DPR under the able leadership of the awardee has been transformed from a regulatory agency to a business enabler and opportunity house for the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
It said under his leadership, the DPR has been able to establish the National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre ( NOGEC) in Lagos inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in January.
Auwalu also successfully conducted the bidding for 57 marginal oilfields in the country which has been rated as the most transparent so far.
The Director/CEO thanked Valuechain Magazine for the recognition, stressing that the DPR would continue to bring innovation and creativity to add value to the industry.
He thanked DPR staffers for their support and hard work which had made it possible to achieve its set targets in the past few years.
Auwalu said the DPR would continue to create opportunities that enable businesses and investments for all stakeholders by using its service instruments of its licenses that guarantee investments, its permits that enable participation and its approvals that authorise activities.