Uduak-Joe Ntuk, a Nigerian-American has been appointed Oil and Gas Supervisor by the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom.
Ntuk has become saddled with managing the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources – DOGGR, which is responsible for the regulation of the drilling, operation and permanent closure of energy resource wells.
In a statement released by the governor’s office, Ntuk was noted to have served as the Petroleum Administrator for the City of Los Angeles, which is the second largest city in the United States of America.
The statement reads in part: “In Los Angeles, he was responsible for oversight and policy of oil fields, gas storage facilities, petroleum refineries and pipeline franchise agreements.
“Prior to joining the city of Los Angeles, he had worked for several companies, including Tyco, General Electric and Chevron.
“Being a technical professional with both public and private sector energy experience, he provided technical advice to the Mayor, City Council, and various City Departments,” it added.
According to reports by the News Agency of Nigeria, the DOGGR division prioritises protection of the public and the environment with its oversight of the oil, natural gas and geothermal industries within the largest state in America.
Meanwhile, there are indicators his appointment would possibly facilitate a business relationship between a Nigerian-based Oil and Gas Consulting Company and the state of California.
“He is the first Nigerian-American to hold this position in California’s history and his family is from the Port City of Calabar, Cross River State,” the statement revealed.