Secondary reports from credible sources hold that George Abiodun Osahon has notified government of the expiry of his two year tenure as Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), the technical regulator of the petroleum industry in Nigeria. Mr. Osahon, 62, was appointed to the position on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 for a renewable two year term.
By the terms of his appointment Mr. Osahon is supposed to hand over to the most senior deputy director at the department by the close of business last Friday. By notifying government that his tenure was over, he appears to be nudging the new government for a renewal.
Mr. Osahon has remained one of the longest beneficiaries of government patronage in the petroleum industry, having been let off several times and recalled as much. He had worked in NNPC, NPDC, NAPIMS and now DPR. He has been part of most of the committees around policy overhaul, policy drafting, and policy implementation in the industry.