NUPRC Plans Relocation of Departments to Lagos Despite Abuja Headquarters Investment

Taiwo Ajayi
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The Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) has announced its intention to move several departments and units from Abuja to Lagos, a decision that comes even after investing N70 billion in constructing a new headquarters in Abuja.

This decision was revealed in a memo titled ‘Movement to Lagos,’ signed by the executive commissioner of corporate services and administration, Kelechi Onyeakachi Ofoegbu.

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NUPRC, formerly known as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), operates under the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, with its current headquarters situated in Abuja.

The circular, dated February 14, stated that the relocation aims to enhance service delivery, reduce operational costs, and optimize assets in Lagos. Departments are urged to identify units capable of independent operation with minimal supervision, with submissions due by February 23, 2024.

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However, an inside source expressed concern that this directive could disrupt service delivery and staff productivity unnecessarily. The source indicated that the move was likely prompted by efforts to consolidate the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act and ensure smooth implementation.

The insider highlighted that substantial funds had been invested in constructing a new headquarters in Abuja, which is nearly 80% complete. Furthermore, relocating staff from Lagos to Abuja previously incurred significant costs.

Despite these concerns, the Ministry of Information and National Orientation defended the relocation, asserting that it would enhance operational efficiency and reduce costs.

As the memo circulates on social media, the commission has yet to issue an official response to the growing debate surrounding the decision.

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