California Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed a Nigerian-born American Engineer, Uduak Joe Ntuk as the oil and gas supervisor for the state.
Engineer Ntuk who has served as the Petroleum Administrator for the City of Los Angeles, is the first Nigerian-American to hold the position in the history of the US state and has worked in both the private and public sectors which includes Tyco, General Electric, Chevron, and the City of Long Beach berfore the appointment.
A statement from the Governor’s office 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.
“A Nigerian-based Oil and Gas Consulting Company is exploring the possibilities and has initiated discussions regarding building a business relationship between the Nigerian oil and gas industry and the state of California through Mr Ntuk.
“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.”