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Ladan: Moving DPR To Next Level



By Mohammed Eibo-Adanu –

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) is the apex federal government agency charged with the responsibility of supervision and monitoring of all operations and activities relating to the oil and gas sector in the country. It is also responsible for setting standards and guidelines for operations which involve monitoring of oil drilling sites, production platforms -flow stations, crude oil export terminals, refineries, storage depot and jetties, pump stations, petroleum filling stations, petroleum product pipelines and other locations where petroleum and other related product under the leadership of Mr. Mordecai Danteni Ladan is achieving and resuscitating its mission and vision of establishing it many years ago.    As the director has done perfectly well since coming on board, whereby erring pump filling stations are sanctioned accordingly.

However, the main objective for establishing the DPR, is to regulate the oil and gas industry in Nigeria through several activities: enforcing all laws involving the oil and gas, implementing government policies and programmes, timely collection of royalties, rents and other regulated fees on behalf of the federal government without hurdle which also includes the monitoring of government indigenization policy to ensure that the local content policy is achieved under the watchful eyes of  Mr. Ladan.

The outburst of elation that greeted the appointment of Mr. Mordecai Danteni Ladan as Director DPR, may have reverberated beyond the confines of its headquarters at No. 7, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. And for most close observers, the ecstasy was not utterly unanticipated. For many, the appointment was a breath of fresh air, especially after the catastrophic experience of acute fuel scarcity in Nigeria.  Few months to his assumption of office, Mr. Ladan was seen virtually everywhere, particularly at most pump filling stations doing the needful. Since assumption of office as  DPR Director, the apex regulatory agency has witnessed tremendous achievements as many petroleum experts are saying  Mr. Mordecai Danteni Ladan’s appointment to oversee the activities of the DPR, is unarguably a right step in the right direction considering the turn-around at the Agency.

A petrochemist by profession, Ladan joined DPR in Nov. 23, 1987 as a Senior Analytical Chemist. He was deployed to the Safety and Environment Branch under the then Technical Services Division. He rose through the ranks to occupy various key positions within the organization, including Zonal Operations Controller, DPR Kaduna. Having attained the rank of Deputy Director, he was appointed Head, Downstream Monitoring and Regulation Division in Oct. 2005 to June 2013. The man colleagues describe as a rare genius, a workaholic and a team leader is taking the zenith petroleum regulatory DPR to enviable height.

Prior to his appointment as Director, he was appointed Head, Gas Monitoring and Regulation Division in June 2013 to May 2014    and  later became the Head, Safety, Health and Environment Division in May 2014 until his recent appointment.

A highly accomplished administrator, he is a Fulbright Scholar (Hubert H. Humphrey, North-South Fellow) where he bagged a Certificate in Environmental and Regulatory Policy / Public Affairs June 1991. He also bagged M.Sc. Petrochemicals and Hydrocarbon Chemistry from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK March 1986. Also in his kitty is a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria July 1982; West African School Certificate from the Federal Government College, Kano June 1978. Born on the June 24, 1957, he is married with children.

And of the collaboration with the Lagos State governments to do the needful in areas of oil and gas, kudos to the DPR’s Director and his efficient management considering the long history of DPR and the Lagos State government. The Lagos State government in its quest to develop a road map for oil and gas in the state should be extended to other states of the federation for more economic prosperity looking at the pivotal contribution DPR does to the entire nation amidst  current economic challenges.

– Eibo-Adanu, a media and communications expert, wrote via





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