Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has expressed shock and sadness over the death of Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Rilwan Lukman.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal described the deceased as a thorough-bred technocrat who served his country diligently at home and abroad.
He said Lukman will forever be remembered as for his sterling performance as OPEC President between 1986 and 1994 and later as the global petroleum body’s secretary-general between 1994 and the year 2000.
According to the Speaker, “Lukman was a pioneer authority whose deep knowledge of the petroleum and gas sub-sector led to the formulation of various policies that have impacted positively on Nigeria.
“He was one Nigerian who is respected globally for his diligence, creativity, honesty and commitment to duty. We will miss a global ambassador who did his best for his fatherland when ever called upon to serve.
“I wish to extend my sympathy and that of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Dr. Lukman’s family, friends, colleagues and associates. May the almighty Allah give them the fortitude to bear the loss,” Tambuwal added.