New technical adviser to Petroleum Minister receives accolades from British firm

By Abigael Joshua
The appointment of Mr Abel Igheghe as the Technical Adviser (Downstream) to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas) has been described as putting a round peg in a round hole.

According to a statement by the UK firm, TEXEM on its website (www.



uk) by the Director Special Projects Caroline Lucas, the appointment exemplifies Igheghe’s extraordinary skills and unwavering commitment to the Nigerian petroleum sector.

Lucas said that as agraduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Benin in 2000, Igheghe’s journey was a tapestry of excellence.

“From his role as Head of Gas at the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Lagos Zonal Office, to his impactful initiatives as Chief Mechanical Engineer.

“He has been championing excellence in the implementation of regulations and providing guidance for the oil and gas industry in Lagos, his trajectory is marked by significant milestones.


Abel Igheghe, an alumnus of the TEXEM October 2022 executive development programme on “Strategic Leadership for Optimised Organisational Performance,” embodies the power of continuous learning,” the director said.

Lucas said that this investment in strategic acumen possibly paved the way for Igheghe’s elevation to the role of Technical Adviser.

In the statement, Dr.

Alim Abubakre, TEXEM’s founder also praised the new appointee.


Igheghe’s appointment isn’t just recognition; it’s a call to action for even greater milestones in the future.

“This appointment reflects the collective belief that Mr.

Igheghe will contribute to development of policy that will propel the Nigerian Petroleum sector to unprecedented heights.

“Embarking on his career in 2003 as Deputy Manager at the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mr.

Igheghe’s journey is a testament to dedication and expertise,” Abubakre said.

He added that Igheghe’srole as Manager Operations at the Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority in 2022 showcased his versatility in navigating the complex petroleum industry landscape.

While congratulating Igheghe, Abubakre expressed confidence that his leadership will illuminate the path to a brighter future for the Nigerian petroleum sector.

“May his accomplishments inspire others to aspire to greatness, leaving enduring legacies in technical expertise and leadership,” he said.



========Edited by Razak Owolabi

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