The inaugural meeting of the National Council on Hydrocarbons (NCH) was held on the 21st November, 2016 and was declared open by the Honourable Minister of the FCT, Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello. The Meeting was presided over by the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu. In attendance also was the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Mrs Jamila Shu’ara. The theme for the meeting was “Realising the Potential of Hydrocarbon in Nigeria:

The meeting of the Council was preceded by a one day Technical Session held on Monday 21st November, 2016 under the Chairmanship of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Jamila Shu’ara. The Technical Session processed a total of thirty-six (36) Memoranda for Council considerations.

In Attendance were the Honourable Minister, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Honourable Minister FCT (represented by Director of Establishment, Mallam Muhammed Saliu), Members of the National Assembly, Commissioners from the Oil Producing and exploration States, Heads of Departments and Agencies, Representatives of Security Services as well as Representatives of Tertiary Institutions. Also present were officials from International Oil Companies, Representatives of Labour Unions, Members of Youth Groups in the Oil Producing States, Professional Bodies and Associations, Non Governmental Organisation (NGOs) and other relevant Agencies.