Tinubu Meets With Shell Upstream Director, Kyari At Aso Villa

Monday’s engagement followed Tinubu’s return to base in Abuja on Sunday after a string of Sallah activities in Lagos last week.

President Bola Tinubu (R) and Global Upstream Director at Shell Petroleum Development Company, Zoe Yunovic (L) at the Aso Villa in Abuja on Monday, July 3, 2023. Photo: State House/ Nosa Asemota


President Bola Tinubu, on Monday, received a delegation from Shell Petroleum Development Company at the Aso Rock in Abuja.

The Shell delegation on a courtesy call was led by the company’s Global Upstream Director, Ms Zoe Yunovic. She was joined by Peter Costello, Osagie Okunbo, and Mar De Jong.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari; as well as the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila were also at the meeting.

Others in attendance include the Special Adviser on Energy to the President, Olu Verheijen; Special Adviser on Revenue Matters to the President, Zacchaeus Adedeji; and Special Adviser on Communications, Special Duties and Strategy to the President, Dele Alake.


The President with the Shell delegation and members of his team


At the meeting, the President assured the business community of his government’s commitment to policy consistency and better business climate to attract investment.

Tinubu welcomed the the company’s offer for more investments in the Nigerian oil and gas sector, adding that such investments are needed now more than ever, to enable Government meet its obligations.

“We are open for business. We are serious. I give you the assurance of consistency in policy,” he said, according to a statement by his spokesman, Dele Alake.

The President also assured that his government was removing all forms of bottlenecks in order to ensure Nigeria becomes an attractive investment destination.

Monday’s engagement followed Tinubu’s return to base in Abuja on Sunday after a string of Sallah activities in Lagos last week.

The President had on June 22, 2023 made his first official trip overseas after his inauguration as Nigeria’s new leader on May 29, 2023.

Tinubu was in Paris, France, alongside world leaders like French President, Emmanuel Macron for the New Global Financial Pact summit held at the Palais Brongniart.

After the two-day summit, the President proceeded to London, United Kingdom, for a “short private visit” and returned to Nigeria for the Eid-el-Kabir festivities on June 28 and 29, 2023.

During his five-day stay in Lagos, Tinubu met with first-class Yoruba monarchs including the paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona; and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital; amongst others.