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GeoPolitics of Petroleum: 3rd Emmanuel Egbogah Lecture Series on Petroluem Economics, Policy and strategy; Sept. 16 - 17, 2010



The Future of Nigeria’s Oil Industry Will Be an Ice Breaker…As Regional Oil Gurus and Investors Meet at Houston Energy Conference.



OGIC final report: Ministry of Energy to be split into two ...Details

 


"Oil & Gas Committee Yet to Submit Report"

Special Adviser to the President on Petroleum Matters, Dr Emmanuel  Egbogah,  debunked a publication in a national newspaper, to the effect that President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua had rejected an interim report submitted by the Oil and Gas Sector Reform Implementation Committee.

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Oil Industry:   

Everyone Could Emerge a Winner....Details

 


No oil block allocation until 2010, says Egbogah

THE Federal Government has put to rest speculations that another oil block allocation may be conducted before the end of this year.

Special Adviser to the President on Petroleum Matters, Dr. Emmanuel Eghogah, has declared that government will not allocate any oil block until next year or a year after.

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To say that this issue of security is completely the responsibility of the host government is not correct. I think everybody has a part to play," Dr. Egbogah said....Details

 


Major changes coming in oil sector, says Yar'Adua's aide.

PRESIDENTIAL Adviser on Petroleum Matters, Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah, has stated that far-reaching changes would emerge in the oil and gas sector once a report of the oil and gas sector reform committee is submitted to and approved by President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua.

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FG to build petro-chemical plant in Anambra.

The Federal Government has approved the construction of a multi-billion naira petrochemical plant in Anambra State.

This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the President on Petroleum Matters, Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah, during a courtesy call on the Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi, at the Government House, Awka, recently.

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Oil and gas reform tailored towards Vision 2020, says Egbogah

The Special Adviser to the President on Petroleum Matters, Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah, said the present administration of Umaru Musa Yar'Adua after consulting with stakeholders in the industry decided to embark on the reform with the aim to galvanise the nation's economy into greater productivity.

 


LAGOS — IN what appears to be the commencement of a major restructuring exercise of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, the Federal Government yesterday announced the appointment of Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah as the Special Adviser on Petroleum to the President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria..Details

 


SPE Talent & Technology - The Role of Technology in National Development...Details

 


University of Ibadan Endowment for the Establishment/Construction of 

DR. EMMANUEL EGBOGAH CENTRE FOR PETROLEUM ENGINEERING...

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THE ROLE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The Miracle of Malaysia and the Future of Nigeria.

BELL’S University of Technology, Ota ”TECHOLOGY FAIR“

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE Delivered by:

Dr Emmanuel o Egbogah, P.ENG, OON

March 05, 2007

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Bells University of Technology with Emerald Energy Resources Limited presents Her 1st National Tecnology Fair 2007.

Date: March 5-6, 2007

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Abuja Petroleum Roundtable 2007. Dear Compatriot and Friend of Nigeria,

You will agree that after nearly five decades of producing crude oil in our country, we are yet to realize the dreams

of our founding fathers in development terms....Details...

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Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah, world towering petroleum technology oracle; Policy Magazine June 18- 24, Pages 23 - 26.


TECHNICALLY PERFECT, Professionally speaking:  Dr. Emmanuel O Egbogah spent eight-and-a-half years in Malaysia helping PETRONAS Carigali (PCSB) to develop its technical capabilities. Here, he talks about his experiences with PCSB, and shares his thoughts on how the Malaysian oil & gas industry has evolved so successfully.

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The men and companies who have shaped the Nigerian Oil Industry in the last 50 years. AWARD CATEGORIES AND NOMINEES: NIGERIA PERTROLEUM GOLDEN JUBILLE AWARDSDetails...

 


ABOUT ABUJA PETROLEUM ROUNDTABLE (APR)

Abuja Petroleum Round table was originally conceived as a closed quarterly colloquium on petroleum policy issues to be attended by invited experts on the relevant subject for each event. However, the expansion of the mandate occasioned by the involvement of world renowned petroleum engineering teacher and policy analysis guru - Dr Emmanuel Egbogah now makes an annual event more realistic. Details...

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Pictures of the just concluded APR

 


Bells University of Technology with Emerald Energy Resources Limited presents Her 1st National Tecnology Fair 2007.

Date: March 5-6, 2007

Details...

 


Abuja Petroleum Roundtable 2007. Dear Compatriot and Friend of Nigeria,

You will agree that after nearly five decades of producing crude oil in our country, we are yet to realize the dreams of our founding fathers in development terms....Details...

Click here to Download Presentation.

 


The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, has approved the conferment

of Nigerian National Honours on Two Hundred and Fifty-six (256) Nigerians and friends of Nigeria in the year 2006...

Dr. Emmanuel O. Egbogah - Officer of the order of the Niger (OON). Read More...

 


Stakeholder Mobilization deepens philanthropic awareness in the University of Port Harcourt Community as Dr. Emmanuel O. Egbogah  … pledges additional $1,000,000.00. Read more...

 


Dr. Emmanuel O. Egbogah pledges endowment to support the Institute of Petroleum Studies.Read more...

 


Bill Gates, Eminent Nigerians Plan $400m Project. Addressing newsmen in Lagos recently, chairman of steering committee for fund raising for the project, Egbogah said some of the facilities of the hospital will include cardiology unit,  Read More..

 


SPE DIRECTOR, AFRICA REGION

I have received a notification from the 2005 SPE President, Giovanni Paccaloni, that at its meeting in San Ramon, California, on January 27, 2006, the Board of Directors of the Society of Petroleum Engineers nominated me to the SPE Board of Directors, to serve as SPE Director, Africa Region, for a 3-year term, ending September 2009.

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Six Eminent Nigerians Bag Uniport Honorary Doctorate Degrees

 

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Oil industry shake-up underway as govt names new helmsmen

 

By Hector Igbikiowubo, Ben Agande & Kingsley Omonobi

Posted to the Web: Saturday, August 11, 2007



LAGOSIN what appears to be the commencement of a major restructuring exercise of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, the Federal Government yesterday announced the appointment of Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah as the Financial Adviser on Petroleum to the President and the replacement of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), among other appointments.


Mr. Segun Adeniyi, Special Adviser to the President on Communications made the disclosure while speaking with State House correspondents in Abuja, explaining that a major restructuring in the oil and gas sector will be unveiled next week. Though he did not elaborate on the major restructuring exercise to be expected, it was gathered that the NNPC would be largely affected by forthcoming exercise.   


Dr. Egbogah is expected to work with Dr. Rilwan Lukman who was earlier appointed as Honorary Adviser to the President on Petroleum.


Dr Egbogah has over 35 years of diversified geological and petroleum engineering experience in consulting, teaching, research  & development, and project planning, implementation and management in Canada, United States, Europe, Africa, Middle East and  the Asia Pacific region. He is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of petroleum policy and strategy, improved/enhanced oil recovery, stimulation procedures and multi-disciplinary team approach to field development planning and reservoir management.


Previously, Dr Egbogah served for eight years as Technical Advisor and Technology Custodian for PETRONAS, the national oil company of Malaysia where he was responsible for strategic planning and expansion program leading to the company’s E&P establishment in over 25 countries around the world. He served for five years as Enhanced Oil Recovery Advisor for the Libyan National Oil Corporation, Tripoli, where he was responsible for the Reservoir Management of 159 reservoirs containing about 40 billion barrels of oil reserves. He was responsible for the planning and supervision of enhanced oil recovery programs in  34 Libyan reservoirs.


Contrary to several newspaper reports, Engr. Kupolokun was not removed from office until yesterday when he was summoned to  the Presidential Villa and asked to hand over to Alhaji Abubakar Yar’Adua, the Group Executive Director (GED) in charge of  NNPC Refining and Petrochemical division.


”President Yar’Adua invited him to the Villa and after thanking him for his stewardship, asked him to hand over to the next  most senior GED, that is Alhaji Abubakar Lawal Yar’Adua who is to act until further notice,“ Adeniyi disclosed of the meeting  between the President and Funsho Kupolokun.


Adeniyi also pointed out that Abubakar Yar’Adua is no relation of the President, but hails from the same quarters in Katsina State where President Umaru Yar’Adua comes from. The acting GMD of the NNPC, Abubakar Yar’Adua joined the NNPC in 1977 and has been its Group Executive Director (Refineries & Petrochemicals) since 2003.


Other appointments of the government include that of Mr Afakriya Gadzama who takes over from Mr Kayode Are as Director-General of the State Security Services (SSS). Until his appointment as the Director General of the Service, Mr  Gadzama who hails from Adamawa State was the Director in charge of Corporate Services of the SSS, and is a career  intelligence officer. Born on 22nd November, 1953 at Lassa in Uba/Askira Local Government Area of Borno State, Afakriya  Gadzama attended the famous Barewa College, Zaria,  between 1968 and 1972 and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1974 to  1977.  He is an alumnus of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos.


Gadzama was also State Director of Security, Plateau State (1989 -1991); Federal Capital Territory (1991-1993); and Kaduna  State (1993- 1997).  Other  appointments he has held in the past include Director of Operations, SSS National, Headquarters  1997-1998; Director of Programmes, National Headquarters 1999; Director of Intelligence  2001- 2002; Director of Operations  again 2002-2003. He was also Director of Administration and Logistics, National Headquarters 2004-2005, and Director of  Corporate Services, National Headquarters 2006-2007.


Recall that other DG’s of the Department of State Security have been retired policemen — Ahmed Rafindadi, Umaru Shinkafi and  Mohammed Gwarzo.


Other appointments include Mr. Emmanuel Imohe who is to oversee the operation s of the country’s external intelligence agency,  the National Intelligence Agency. Dr. Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi who was earlier appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff to the  President, was yesterday named the  Economic Adviser to the President.


The incumbent National Coordinator of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP, Dr. Magnus Kpakol, also retains his position. Although some media organisations (not Vanguard) had earlier reported that Mrs. Irene Chigbue, the Director General  of the Bureau of Public Enterprises had been removed, Adeniyi disclosed that she remains the D-G of the Bureau, adding that:  ‘All that you have been reading are speculations. Until there is confirmation, it remains speculation.“.



Nigeria: Bells University Holds 1st National Technology Fair

 

This Day 

Posted to the web March 8, 2007

Frances Ovia

Lagos

 

Bells University of Technology, Ota, the first and only private university of technology in Nigeria, in collaboration with Emerald Energy Resources Limited, an Independent Nigerian oil & gas exploration company has organised a "National Technology Fair".

The fair which is scheduled to be an annual event, was inaugurated by His President Olusegun Obasanjo at a grand opening ceremony on Monday, at the university auditorium.

 

The theme of the Technology Fair, "Energy and Technology Development" was put together to provide a platform for exhibiting and highlighting technological innovations in Nigeria.

The two-day event was in three sessions with an Interactive panel discussion.

 

Exhibition of technologies and research breakthroughs were mounted by participants drawn from the industries, universities of technology, polytechnics, research Institutes selected secondary schools and other relevant stakeholders

 

Seven International speakers from the U.S.A., the Netherlands and Nigeria were among those that delivered lectures on thematic issues of the fair. They include Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah, OON, Executive Chairman, emerald Energy Resources Ltd., SPE Diredctor, Africa Region; Professor Amos Nur, Wayne Loel Professor of Earth Sciences and Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University, California, USA; Mr. Paul Michael Wibbey, President, GWEST Corporation Washington, USA; Mr Gerard de Jager, President JOA BV, a Dutch Computer Software Company, Delft

 

Others that spoke at fair are Mr. Paul I. Caldwell Jr., President/CEO, Angus Energy Inc. and former Chairman/CEO Mobil Producing Nigeria; Mr Greg Bihn, TechnoMedia International Inc. API University and Dr. Jude Amaefule, Vice-Chairman/COO, Emerald Energy Resources Limited.

 



Bill Gates, Eminent Nigerians Plan $400m Project

By Philip Ogunmade, 11.10.2006

 

A Nigerian medical doctor, Godwin Onyema, in conjunction with Bill Gates Foundation, is proposing a world-class hospital that will provide answers  to many of Nigeria's medical questions in Anambra State. To be named Augustine Memorial Hospital, the project will gulp $400 million.

 

Already, the project has secured the support of Bill Gates Foundation and several other foreign institutions such as the Harvard, Princeton and Stanford universities, Ernst and Young and Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Rowe & Maw LLP., Govenment of Anambra State has donated 200 acres of land for the take-off of the project, while notable Nigerians such as chairman of Diamond Bank, Mr Pascal Dozie, founder of Emzor Pharmaceuticals, Mrs Stella Okoli, former presidential aspirant, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Director-General of National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Dora Akunyili, Chairman, Eko Hospital, Dr Sonny Kuku and the Canadian-based Dr Emmanuel Egbogah have thrown their weights behind the project.

 

Addressing newsmen in Lagos recently, chairman of steering committee for fund raising for the project, Egbogah said some of the facilities of the hospital will include cardiology unit, with catherisation laboratory, burns unit, major unit, orthopaedics department, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) unit and Computerised Axial Tomogragraphy (CAT) unit.

According to him, the hospital will treat both the poor and the rich, irrespective of their financial strengths and reduce drastically the rates of Nigerians taken abroad for treatment.

 

Egbogah said ”the Augustine Memorial Hospital will for the first time bring hi-tech, world class health-care to Nigerians regardless of the ability to pay.  ”Nigerians will be able to access at home and in good time, facilities and requisite medical talent needed to perform complex medical operations.“ The AMH will offer those facilities to Nigerians who cannot afford to pay."

 

To enable stakeholders raise funds for the project, a fundraising event has been slated for November 24, this year on the theme, "The Health Challenge." Explaining the rationale behind the project, Dozie asked: "How do you feel when you hear that a Nigerian is sick and has to be flown to South Africa? That is why initiative like this has to be supported," he said.

 

 


 

Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah was among 256 Nigerians and friends of Nigeria conferred with the 2006 Nigerian National Honours of Officer of the order of the Niger (OON)......100. Dr. Emmanuel O. Egbogah....Details below.

 

The Presidency

 

News release 30th September, 2006

 

 

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, has approved the conferment of Nigerian National Honours on Two Hundred and Fifty-six (256) Nigerians and friends of Nigeria in the year 2006 as classified hereunder:

GCON - 3

CFR - 11

CON -21

OFR -50

OON -100

MFR -45

MON -26

Seven (7) Federal Republic Medals (1st and 2nd Classes) are to be conferred by the President on another set of Nigerians as shown hereunder:

FRM 1st Class - 5

FRM 2nd Class -2

 

2. The Two Hundred and Sixty-three (263) recipients would be decorated with their classes of honour by the President during an investiture ceremony coming up later in the year. Their names and categories of medals are as detailed in the list attached as Annex 1

Chief U.J. Ekaette, CFR, mni

Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Annex 1

 

2006 National Honorus Award

 

Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON)

 

1. Hon. Justice Salihu Modibbo Alfa Belgore CON (2001)

2. Senator Ahmadu Ali CON (1979)

3. Senator Ken Nnamani

 

Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR)

 

1. Air Marshal Paul Dike OFR (2005)

2. Alh. Adamu Bello

3. Alh. Mukhtar S. Shagari

4. Chief Babalola Borishade

5. Hon. (Alh.) Aminu Bello Masari

6. Major -General Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar (Rtd)

7. Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili

8. Lt. Gen. Owoye Andrew Azazi

9. Prof. Turner Isoun

10. Vice-Admiral G.T.A Adekeye

11. Chief Ojo Maduekwe

 

Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON)

 

1. Alh. Mohammed Lele Mukhtar

2. Amb. (Alh.) Shehu Malami, SARKIN SUDAN NA WURNO

3. Chief (Dr.) Mofia Tonjo Akobo

4. Chief Onyeama Ugochukwu

5. Dr. Musa Inuwa

6. Dr. Ramsey Mowoe

7. Group Captain Ita David Ekpeme (Rtd.)

8. HM Eze (Flt) Robinson O. Robinson

9. Hon. Justice Mariam A. Mukhtar

10. Hon. Justice M. Mohammed

11. Hon. Justice I.F. Ogbuagu

12. Hon. Justice W.S. N. Onnoghen

13. HRH Agagba Idu, Chief Elias Ikoyi Obekpa, THE OCH'IDOMA

14. HM Oba (Dr.) Adedapo Adewale Tejuosho, Karunwi 111, OSILE OKE-ONA EGBA

15. HRH Alh. (Sen.) Haliru Dantoro, Kitoro 111, EMIR OF BORGU

16. HRH Igwe Kenneth O. Orizu 111, OBI OF NNEWI

17. HRM King (Dr.) Frank Eke (JP)

18. HRM Oba James Adedapo Oladele Popoola

19. Chief Afe Babalola OFR (2000)

20. Amb. Fidelis Tapgun

21. Mr. Stephen Oronsaye OON (2004)

 

Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR)

 

1. Alh. Abu Mu'awiyya Gidado

2. Alh. Ahmed Al-Mustapha

3. Alh. (Dr.) Umaru Baba

4. Alh. Aliyu Kola Belgore

5. Alh. Kyari Sandabe

6. Alh. Mahdi Bukar

7. Alh. Shettima Ahmed Mukhtar Liberty

8. Amb. Sulaiman Dahiru

9. Arc. (Prof.) Tukur Sa'ad

10. AVM Musa Yusuf Aisimi

11. AVM Olufemi Faloyin

12. AVM Felix Olufemi Gbadebo

13. Bashorun Jaiye K. Randle

14. Chief Kolawole Babalola Jamodu MFR (2000)

15. Dr. Gabriel Olusoga Onagoruwa

16. Dr. Mansur Mukhtar

17. Dr. Sa'ad Usman

18. Dr. Theodore Chukwuemeka Mbanefo

19. Elder Jacob Gyang Buba

20. Engr. Funsho Moses Kupolokun

21. HE (Dr.) Emmanuel Oko Isu

22. Hon. Justice Silvanus Ayere Ajuyah (Rtd.)

23. Hon. Justice Ajose Adeogun (Rtd.)

24. Hon. Justice Timothy A. Oyeyipo (Rtd.)

25. Hon. Justice Dalhatu Adamu

26. Hon. Justice Ibrahim Umar

27. Hon. Justice J. N. Ndajiwo

28. Hon. Justice Rose N. Ukeje

29. Hon. Justice S.A. Mahuta

30. Hon. Justice S.S. Darazo

31. Hon. Justice T. Abubakar

32. Hon. Justice Kaumi Mohammed Kolo (Rtd)

33. Major-General Festus Okechukwu Okonkwo

34. Mall. Muhammadu Bachaka

35. Mr. Adebayo B. Sarumi

36. Mr. J. O. Ajiboye

37. Mr. John Adewale Abolurin

38. Mr. Joseph Lafimihan Olagunju

39. Mr. Olusola Adigun Ogundipe, mni

40. Prof. Babatunde Onadeko

41. Prof. Ekong E. Ekong

42. Prof. Francis Abayomi Durosinmi-Etti

43. Prof. Jibrilla Dahiru Amin

44. Prof. Omoniyi Adewoye

45. Prof. Peter Akinsola Okebukola

46. Prof. (Ven) Akinyemiju Akindoyeni

47. Sir (Dr.) Lambert Eradiri

48. Wanteregh, Paul Iyorpuu Unongo

49. Hon. Justice Constance Ayashe Rekhiya Momoh (Rtd)

50. Amb. Ibrahim Kazaure

 

Officer of the order of the Niger (OON)

 

1. Alh. A. A. Bamanga

2. Alh. Ahmed Liman Katagum

3. Alh. Adamu Godowoli

4. Amb. Saidu Muhammed

5. Alh. Bukar Bolori

6. Alh. (Chief) Mumuni Babs Alade Animashaun

7. Alh. Goni Fika

8. Alh. Idris Giris Illo

9. Alh. Isah Muhammad Alkali (Dodo)

10. Alh. Kabir A Mohammed

11. Alh. Kasimu Idris

12. Alh. Rabiu Mohammad Gwarzo

13. Alh. Mohammed Mubi

14. Alh. Umaru Babuga Dange

15. Amb. (Prof.) Michael Abiola Omolewa

16. Amb. (Prof) Jacob Bawa Salka

17. Asiwaju Solomon K. Onafowokan

18. Bashiru Lawrence Ali

19. Bello Labaran Wurno (DIG)

20. Brig. Gen. Ogbonnaya Simon Njoku

21. Brig. Gen. Godwin George Umo

22. Brig. Gen. Patrick Egbosa Onaghise

23. Capt. S. U. Iyal

24. Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong

25. Chief Innocent Ugo Chima

26 Chief (Dr.) Lawrence Olu-Ibukun

27 Chief Michael Dayit Kwardem

28 Chief (Mrs.) D.C. anyiam-Osigwe

29 Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson MON (2000)

30 Chief Olabisi Olyemi Ogunjobi

31 Chief Taiwo Alimi

32 Chief T.J. Krukrubo

33 Col. C.A. Jemitola

34 Cosmas Ikechukwu Blaise Okoli

35 Deaconess J.O. Ayo

36 Dr. A.S. Bella

37 Dr. Chuks Lawerence Osuji

38 Dr. Datti Ahmad Galadanci

39 Dr. Gbolade Osinowo

40 Dr. Georgina Kiente Ngeri-Nwagha

41 Dr. H.U. Sanusi

42 Dr. Ibrahim Wada

43 Dr. Japhet Adeboye Sofolahan

44 Dr. Paul Chike Dike

45 Dr. Raymond C. Obieri

46 Dr. Timiebi A. Koripamo-Agary

47 Dr. Tukur Bellow Ingawa

48 Dr. Uduimo Justus Itsueli

49 Dr. Z.O. Ajuwon

50 Elder Mark Agu Uko Ogwo

51. Engr. Ebele Okeke

52. Engr. (Sir) Vitalis Okafor Abba

53. Engr. Victor Adetunji Haffner

54. Group Captain O. Ajayi

55. Hajiya Hajo Sani

56. HRH (Dr.) Alh. Mohammed Bello

57. EMIR of Talata Mafara

58. HRH Oba Ashiru Olatunbvosun, Tadese I, Oluwo of Owo

59. HRH Oba shafi Olufemi Sule

60. HRH Alh. Yunusa Danyaya Muhammadu

61. Imam Abubakar Wali

62. Imma Ibrahim Danladi Bako

63. Mr. Akinwunmi Adegbite

64. Mr. A.S. Arikawe

65. Mr. Ad'Obe Obe

66. Mr. Frank Abiodun Aig-Imoukhuede

67. Mr. G.O. Folayan

68. Mr. Ishaya Dary Akau

69. Mr. J.O. Adeyemi

70. Mr. O.O. Oduneye

71. Mr. Oluremi Andrew Olowude

72. Mr. Ray Ekpu

73. Amb. Taofiq Oseni

74. Mrs. Adetoun Oni

75. Mrs. Carol Ndaguba

76. Mrs. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo

77. Mrs. Oluremi Oyo

78. Mrs. Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

79. Musa B. Abdulkadir (DIG)

80. Ogbonna O. Onovo (DIG)

81. Olorogun O'tega Emerhor

82. Otunba Funsho Lawal MON (2004)

83. Paul M. Thahal

84. Prince Demas Nwanna Nwoko

85. Princess Gloria N. Iweka

86. Prof. Idowu Sobowale

87. Prof. Thomas Onuoha Ndubuizu

88. Prof. Julius Ihonvbere

89. Prof. Kunle Ade Wahab

90. Prof. (Mrs) Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufai

91. Prof. Olufemi Owolabi Akinyanju

92. Prof. Paul Obiekwe Okonkwo

93. Prof. Shehu Ahmed Jimoh

94. Prof. William Waripomo Ogionwo

95. Prof. Yusuf Adavba Jatto

96. Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa

97. Sir (Chief) E.C. Akwiwu (SAN)

98. Sir Gabriel Ofodili Okafor (SAN)

99. Ukandi Gabriel Ando Ogar

100. Dr. Emmanuel O. Egbogah

 

Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)

 

1. Alh. Abubakar Lar

2. Alh. Abubakar Mallam

3. Alh. Ammani Inuwa Fagge

4. Alh. Garba Ammani

5. Alh. Idris Musa, Sarkin Jiwa

6. Alh. Ja'afaru Makarfi

7. Alh. Musa Nagogo Ibrahim

8. Alh. Sa'ad As'ad Mohammad

9. Alh. Umaru A. A. Kwabo

10. Amb. Adeyombo O. Oyesola

11. Amb. Olugbenga A. Ashiru

12. Boboye Olayemi Oyeyemi

13. Capt. (Mrs.) Chinyere Onyenucheya Kalu

14. Chapp Jumbo

15. Chief (Hon.) Edet Bassey Etienam

16. Chief (Dr.) Sikiru Ayinde Barrister

17. Chief Harkisin G. Aswani, Baagbile Korede of Otta

18. Col. Lincola Keonyemere Jack Ogunwe

19. Commander D. A. Adeoye

20. Dr. Babajide Adebowale Brown

21. Dr. Benjamin A. Adigun

22. Elder (Dr.) E. O Adaelu

23. Engr. Boniface Okonkwo Madubunyi

24. HRH Alh. (Dr.) Garba Mohammed Tambari, Emir of Maradun

25. HRH Oba (Dr.) Aaron Adi Ikuborije, Agbana of Isanlu

26. HRH Oba (Dr.) Stephen Suulade Adedugbe, Jegun of Ile-Oluji

27. HRH (Dr.) Danjuma Banyoaga

28. Mallam Bala Abaine angbazo

29. Ms. Elizabeth Zamatu

30. Mr. Abebowale Amoo

31. Mr. Peter Igho

32. Mal Sani Bako

33. Mr. Vincent Omwokachie

34. Musa Umar Daura

35. Mr. Francis Assad Akle

36. Mr. LUC Franciscus Maria Dahlhaus

37. Mr. Roger Nai-Whei Lee

38. Mr. Ramesh Kansagra

39. Princess Gloria Adebajo Fraser

40. Sheik (Dr.) Ibrahim El-Tayeb

41. Engr. Lanre Shagaya

42. Amb. Greg Mbadiwe

43. Alh. Idi Farouk

44. Mr. Akin Osuntokun

45. Ms. Ifueko Omoigui

 

Member of the Order of the Niger (MON)

 

1. Alh. (Dr.) Bature Abdulazeez

2. Alh. Ibrahim Jikan Alkali Keffi

3. Alh. Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar

4. Alh. Tijani Yusuf

5. Muhammad Jungudo Bage

6. Chief Austin Igwe Edeze

7. Chief (Dr.) Athanasius Nwaogazi Awuja

8. Chief Pete Edochie

9. Chief (Hon.) Jethro Mangam akin

10. Dr. Nuhu Andeyaba

11. Emeka Ibeabuchi Ernest Ebilah

12. Engr. (Dr.) Abidoye Ayoola

13. Evan. Linus Nzubechukwu Ukachukwu

14. Alh. Sanusi Hashimu

15. HRH Igwe Andrew Nwandee Nkwonta

16. Lt. M. Yusuf

17. Lady Martha Enikpa Attah

18. Miss Bose Diyaolu

19. Mrs. A.O. Adewole

20. Mr. Kure Lamulongs

21. Mr. Johnbull C. Owoh

22. Mr. Peter Akpan Udoh Ettah

23. Mrs Biodun Adebowale

24. Mrs. Catherine Udeka Okwesa

25. Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri, JP

26. Mr. Udo Udo Umoren

 

Federal Republic Medals (FRM I and II)

 

1. Alh. Mohammed Sule FRM I

2. Alh. Musafau Oloyede Safiriyu FRM I

3. Alh. Yusuf Muhammadu Lere FRM I

4. Ahmed Issaka FRM I

5. Mr. Lawal Ahmadu FRM I

6. Garba Bello FRM II

7. Mr. Joel Nimmak Nimyal FRM II

 

 


 

Stakeholder Mobilization deepens philanthropic awareness in the University of Port Harcourt Community as Dr. Emmanuel O. Egbogah pledges additional $1,000,000.00.

 

In addition to his earlier gifts to support the Institute of Petroleum Studies (IPS), The Managing Director of Emerald Resources Group, Dr. Emmanuel O. Egbogah has pledged $1,000,000.00 for the building of an Emerald Centre for Petroleum Economics and Strategic Studies at the Institute of Petroleum studies permanent site. Read more...

 

 


 

Egbogah pledges Endowment.

 

Dr. Emmanuel O. Egbogah pledges endowment to support the Institute of Petroleum Studies, IPS as follows:

 

  • 20 apple Computers and associated software.
  • N1 million per year Endowment for the Dr. Emmanuel O. Egbogah Annual Lecture on Petroluem Economics, Policy and Strategy at the Institute of Petroleum Studies of the University of Port Harcourt.  
  • N2 million per year Endowment for the Emmanuel Egbogah  Chair in Petroleum Engineering at the Institute of Petroleum Studies of the University.  Read more...



Six Eminent Nigerians Bag Uniport Honorary Doctorate Degrees

Saturday, 11 March 2006


Today, the University of Port Harcourt, rolled out the drums to say farewell to its 22nd batch of graduates in a historic Convocation Ceremony in which six eminent Nigerians were conferred with the institution's prestigious honorary doctorate degrees as a mark of recognition for their contributions to national development.

 

The 22nd Convocation Ceremony which climaxed today with the conferment of Honoris Causa degrees on Governors Adamu Abdullahi of Nasarawa State and Dr. Bukola Saraki of Kwara State. Others are the Founder of the Adolescent Programme (TAP), and Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Honourable Justice Mary Odili, JCA, the Chairman of Moni Pulo (Nigeria) Limited, Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, the Managing Director of Emerald Resources Group, Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah  and Dr. Joseph Sanusi, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

 

Prominent Nigerians that graced the occasion include the Governor Peter Odili of Rivers State, the Minister of Education, Mrs Chinwe Obaji, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Peter Okebukola, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. (Chief) Austin Okpara, Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and other prominent government functionaries and captains of industry.


 

SPE 2007 Board Nominations

 

William M. Cobb, President of William M. Cobb & Assocs. Inc., is the nominee for 2008 SPE President. He heads the slate of SPE members recommended by the Society’s Nominating Committee and Board of Directors for SPE board positions.

If elected, Cobb would take office as SPE President-Elect in September of this year and become SPE President in November 2007. The other nominees, if elected, would begin 3-year terms as directors at the close of the Society’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in September 2006.

 

2008 SPE President

 


William M. Cobb is President of William M. Cobb & Assocs. Inc., a petroleum consulting firm based in Dallas that specializes in waterflooding, fluid injection, field studies, reserves evaluation and certification, and reservoir management. Cobb founded the company in 1983. Before that, he was Vice President and Manager of Engineering for Cornell Oil Co. in Dallas during 1979–83 and was a staff research engineer and senior analytical and operations engineer for Atlantic Richfield Co. Cobb also taught reservoir engineering at Mississippi State U., where he now serves on the Dean’s Development Council. He is currently an adjunct professor of petroleum engineering at Texas A&M U.

Cobb is 2006 SPE Vice President–Finance and a member of the SPE Board of Directors. He has served on many SPE committees, including the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition Program Committee, Editorial Review Committee, Distinguished Author Series Committee, Engineering Registration Committee, and several awards committees. He chaired the Board task force that recommended opening an SPE office in the Middle East and was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 1995. In 1999, he received the SPE Reservoir Engineering Award.

Cobb has served in numerous leadership positions at the section level, including Program Chairperson and General Chairperson for the SPE Hydrocarbon Economics and Evaluation Symposium sponsored by the SPE Dallas Section. In addition to publishing numerous technical papers, he has made more than 50 technical presentations to SPE sections throughout the world. He earned BS and MS degrees from Mississippi State U. and a PhD degree from Stanford U., all in petroleum engineering.

 

SPE Vice President–Finance

 

 

Behrooz Fattahi is a Heavy Oil Development Project Coordinator at Aera Energy, a joint venture of Shell and ExxonMobil. He began his industry career in 1977 at Oil Service Co. of Iran (OSCO)/Shell and has worked as a reservoir engineer, reservoir engineering manager, and team leader for OSCO/Shell, CalResources, Shell Offshore, and Shell Western. Before he joined the petroleum industry, Fattahi conducted research for the U.S. Natl. Aeronautics and Space Admin. and the U.S. Natl. Science Foundation, and taught courses in fluid dynamics and solid mechanics at Iowa State U.

Fattahi currently is SPE Director, Western North America Region, and serves as a Review Chairperson for SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering. In addition, he was Chairperson of the SPE Continuing Education Committee (1999–2001), a member of the Editorial Review Committee (1995–2000), and a member of the SPE President’s Learning Initiatives Task Force (2002) as well as Chairperson of the SPE San Joaquin Valley Section (2001–2002). He is a member of the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council’s Producers Advisory Group and a former Chairperson of the Greater Bakersfield (California) Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee. Fattahi earned PhD degrees in aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering from Iowa State U.

 

Director, Middle East Region

 

 

Ali H. Al-Hasan is a reservoir engineer with Saudi Aramco, responsible for building dynamic models for the company’s oil fields in Saudi Arabia. Prior to his current position, Al-Hasan worked in reservoir management at the Ghawar oil field and has experience in well log analysis and gas production engineering. In 2004, Al-Hasan coordinated the first simulation technology workshop sponsored by Saudi Aramco.

 

Al-Hasan is the current Chairperson of the SPE Middle East Council, which was established after the opening of SPE’s Middle East Office in Dubai. He received the SPE Regional Service Award in 2002. Additional contributions to SPE include representing the Middle East Region on SPE’s Distinguished Lecturer Committee; serving on the 2005 SPE Middle East Oil Show Program Committee, which led to recognition by Bahrain Petroleum Co. for his outstanding work on the committee; and serving as Chairperson of the SPE Reservoir Engineering Award Committee in 2002. He has held several positions in the SPE Saudi Arabia Section, including Secretary, Treasurer, Program Chairperson, Chairperson, and section board Director. He received the King Fahd U. Student Chapter Award in 1998, 1999, and 2005 for his outstanding support of the chapter’s activities. Al-Hasan earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the U. of Tulsa.

 

Director, Africa Region

 

 

Emmanuel O. Egbogah is founder and Executive Chairman of Emerald Energy Resources Ltd. He has more than 35 years of geological and petroleum engineering experience in consulting, teaching, research and development, project planning, implementation, and management in Canada, the U.S., North Sea, Africa, Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region. Egbogah is an authority in the fields of petroleum policy and strategy, improved/enhanced oil recovery, field development planning, and reservoir management.

 

Before forming Emerald Energy, Egbogah was Vice President, Intl. Production, for Niko Resources Ltd. of Calgary; Technical Adviser and Technology Custodian for Malaysian national oil company Petronas; Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Adviser for Libya’s Natl. Oil Co.; Petroleum Engineering Manager and EOR Specialist for Amerigo Intl. in Calgary and Houston; and Senior Vice President, Engineering, with Applied Geosciences and Technology Consultants Ltd., Calgary.

 

The author or coauthor of 71 technical publications, Egbogah was named an SPE Distinguished Member in 1995 and received the 1998 SPE Asia Pacific Regional Service Award and the 1999 SPE Nigeria Council Millennium Award. He served on program committees for several SPE Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conferences.  He has been active in the SPE Forum Series, serving on several steering committees, and chairing the committee for the 1995 SPE Forum Series on ”Challenges in Gas Reservoir Management.“ In addition, Egbogah has been a reviewer for the Journal of Petroleum Technology and a member of the SPE Speakers Bureau and SPE Cedric K. Ferguson Medal Committee. Egbogah earned an MS degree in applied petroleum geology from Friendship U. in Moscow, an MS degree in petroleum engineering from the U. of Alberta, and a PhD degree in petroleum reservoir engineering from Imperial College, London.

 

Director, Gulf Coast North America Region

 

 

C. Susan Howes is Manager of Employment for Anadarko Petroleum Corp.  She has worked for 23 years in Anadarko’s Denver and Houston offices in various positions, including recruitment and training, business development, and reservoir engineering.

Howes is past Chairperson of SPE’s Gulf Coast Section. She received the SPE Distinguished Service Award in 2005, SPE Distinguished Member Award in 2003, and SPE Young Member Outstanding Service Award in 1997. She has played a leadership role in several key SPE initiatives, including the section’s Emerging Leaders Program, high school recruiting fairs, and the AAPG/GSA/SEG/SPE Virtual Student Expo. Howes has served on the SPE Membership Committee and is a current member of the SPE Monograph Committee. She has been on the Montana Tech Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Board since 2003. Howes graduated cum laude with a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the U. of Texas at Austin.

 

Director, Western North America Region

 

 

Medhat M. Kamal is a research consultant with Chevron Energy Technology Co. in San Ramon, California. He has more than 30 years of experience in well testing, reservoir description, and production and reservoir engineering and has published numerous papers on these subjects.

Kamal has been an active member of SPE for 35 years. He helped found the SPE Golden Gate Student Chapter at Stanford U. and has been active throughout his career in the SPE Mid-Continent Section in Tulsa, Gulf Coast Section in Houston, Dallas Section, and Golden Gate Section in San Francisco. In addition to his section activities, Kamal’s participation in Societywide programs has been extensive. He has chaired the Monograph and Textbook committees, the SPE Cultural Diversity Committee, and several SPE Applied Technology Workshop and Forum steering committees.  Kamal was Executive Editor of SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering during 2000–03 and a Distinguished Lecturer in 1997–98. He received the 1977 Cedric K. Ferguson Medal; the North, East, and Central Texas 1998 Regional Service Award; and the 2004 Formation Evaluation and Distinguished Service awards. Kamal is the current Chairperson of the SPE R&D Advisory Committee and the program committee for the 2007 SPE R&D Conference. Kamal earned a BS degree from Cairo U. and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford U., all in petroleum engineering.

 

Director, Northeast North America Region

 

 

George J. Koperna Jr. is a project manager with Advanced Resources Intl. Inc. He has more than 10 years of experience in the North American and international oil and gas industry, with emphasis on unconventional resources and the use of carbon dioxide for both enhanced recovery and sequestration. As a senior reservoir engineer, Koperna has been responsible for leading multidisciplinary reservoir-description efforts to improve the understanding of complex reservoirs.  Before his current position, he worked in the U.S. Dept. of Energy Fossil Energy Div. and with BDM Federal Inc.

Koperna was a member of the program committee for the 1999 Applied Technology Workshop on ”Caspian Oil and Gas: Critical Issues“ and currently is a member of the SPE Distinguished Lecturer Committee.  He earned BS and MS degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering from West Virginia U.

 

Technical Director — Production and Operations

 

 

James Pappas is a senior engineering adviser and the Global New Technology Coordinator at Devon Energy Corp. in Houston. He has more than 25 years of experience in production engineering and field operations, as well as reservoir, drilling, completions, and facilities work in the U.S. and offshore Brazil and west Africa. Pappas has been involved in SPE for more than 25 years and has served in numerous section capacities and on several section boards, including as Gulf Coast Section Chairperson. He is a member of the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition program committee and the SPE Gulf Coast Section Publicity Committee. In 2005, he was awarded both the Gulf Coast Section Service Award and the SPE Gulf Coast Regional Service Award. The author of more than 20 papers and a contributor to numerous conferences and forums, Pappas earned a BS degree in chemical engineering and a BA degree in chemistry from the U. of Texas at Austin and an MBA degree with highest honors from the U. of Texas at Tyler.

 

Technical Director — Reservoir Description and Dynamics

 

 

Alberto Sampaio de Almeida is General Manager for Reserves and Reservoirs at Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro. He has held several posts at Petrobras, including head of the Reservoir Engineering and Mathematical Simulation Section at the Petrobras Research Center, head of the Reservoir Geology and Engineering Div. at the Petrobras Research Center, and Technical Support Manager for Petrobras’ E&P Business Unit.

Sampaio has been an active member of SPE since 1984 and has served in several positions with the SPE Brazil Section, including Chairperson, Membership Officer, Activity Program Officer, and Industrial Relations Officer. He chaired the steering committee for the 2000 SPE Forum Series on field reactivation. Sampaio has been a lecturer at several Brazilian universities and has made numerous presentations at petroleum industry conferences. Sampaio earned a degree in civil engineering from Federal U. of Rio de Janeiro and an MS degree in petroleum engineering and PhD degree in applied Earth sciences from Stanford U. He also earned an MBA degree from Getulio Vargas Foundation–Rio de Janeiro.

How SPE Officers and Directors Are Elected

 

The 27-member SPE Board of Directors is the policy-making entity for the entire Society and is reflective of its geographical and technical diversity. The Society annually seeks nominations from its members for board positions of members whose terms will be ending. Regional and Technical nominating committees make recommendations to the Society-level SPE Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee, chaired by the immediate past president and made up of officers and directors whose terms are expiring and three at-large members, meets in late January to make recommendations for the available positions to the SPE Board of Directors.

 

The Board approved this year’s slate of candidates at its March meeting in Beijing.  The SPE Constitution provides for nominees to stand as elected unless SPE members nominate additional candidates by 1 June. Additional nominations require a petition from at least 1% of SPE membership or, for Regional Director nominees, 1% of the region’s membership (with no more than 75% of the petitioners from any one section). The Constitution also specifies provisions for a ballot election if any qualified petitions are received by 1 June.

 

Members of this year’s Nominating Committee were: Giovanni Paccaloni, Chair, 2005 SPE President, Eni Exploration & Production; William M. Cobb, Vice President–Finance, William M. Cobb & Assocs.; Alex Neyin, Director, Africa Region, Addax Petroleum Development Ltd.; Janeen Judah, Director, Gulf Coast North America Region, Chevron Energy Technology Co.; Ali Al-Jarwan, Director, Middle East Region, Zakum Development Co.; Rick Smith, Director, Northeastern North America Region, Halliburton Energy Services Group; Behrooz Fattahi, Director, Western North America Region, Aera Energy LLC; Ian Gorman, Technical Director–Production and Operations, BHP Petroleum Pty. Ltd.; Ganesh Thakur, Technical Director–Reservoir Description and Dynamics, Chevron Energy Technology Co.; and Eve Sprunt, 2006 SPE President, Chevron Technology Ventures.

 

At-large members were: Ramona Graves, Professor, Colorado School of Mines; Steve Holditch, Professor and Petroleum Engineering Dept. Head, Texas A&M U.; and Toni Marszalek, Schlumberger Italiana. Representing the SPE staff was SPE Executive Director Mark Rubin.

 



AWARDS & RECOGNITION


I am pleased to share with my friends two pieces of good news  that came to me last week:


1.    SPE DIRECTOR, AFRICA REGION


I have received a notification from the 2005 SPE President, Giovanni Paccaloni, that at its meeting in San Ramon, California, on January 27, 2006, the Board of Directors of the Society of Petroleum Engineers nominated me to the SPE Board of Directors, to serve as SPE Director, Africa Region, for a 3-year term, ending September 2009.



2.   HONORARY D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT


In a letter dated February 2, 2006, the Registrar conveys the decision of the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, to confer on me, an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (D.Sc. Honoris Causa)  "in recognition of your outstanding contributions as a foremost intellectual to the development of the energy sector, both in Nigeria and other countries of the world."


The conferment will be made at the 22nd Convocation Ceremony of the University which is scheduled to hold at 10am on Saturday, March 11, 2006.


I am most grateful to God for these and the opportunity of your friendship and influence that  have brought me to the attention of these awards and recognition.





Dateline: 06/07/2004 16:53:51


Nigeria Values Ties With China - Obasanjo

 From Josephine Lohor in Abuja


President Olusegun Obasanjo stated yesterday in Abuja that the Nigerian places high premium on its relations with China. At an audience with a delegation of a consortium of investors which included the Export Credit Agency of China at State House, Abuja, Obasanjo noted that given its size and commitment to technological advancement, economic relations with China would be of mutual benefit to both countries.

 

He welcomed foreign investors genuinely interested and committed to the growth and development of Nigeria. The leader of the delegation and Chairman, Emerald Energy Resources Limited, Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah, commended the Federal Government's "local content" policy in the energy sector and the president's commitment and determination to attract foreign investment particularly from Nigerians in the diaspora.

 

In his remarks, Executive Vice-President of China Export and Credit Agency, Dr Liang Zhidong, described Nigeria as "a vigorous country full of promise," adding that cooperation between enterprises of both countries would be mutually beneficial.


Dateline: 07/02/2006 09:42:35


Oil Sector: FG's Quest For Local Content 

Last week's stakeholders' seminar on Nigerian content development in the upstream oil sector, provides the Federal government an opportunity to demonstrate its resolve to get maximum returns on investment in the strategic sector, write Mike Oduniyi and Onyebuchi Ezigbo

 

Apart from the misfortune most analysts believed the exploitation of oil had brought on the Nigerian economy, (by turning it into a monolithic economy), one other key problem identified in the sector has remained the fact that despite the huge revenue accruing from the sector, there has been little or no value added to the economy. In a sector where annual expenditure averages $8 billion, analysts and government officials have decried the paltry five percent benefits that accrue to the Nigerian economy in terms of value added. While efforts geared towards addressing this anomaly have been seen to be mere lip service, the present administration seemed bent in given teeth to achieve this objective.

 

Last week, a stakeholders seminar on the draft bill on Nigerian Content Develop-ment in the upstream sector was held to sensitise industry operators and members of the public to an Act in the making to back the move to raise local content in the sector. The bill was sponsored by Hon. Chudi offodile. According to the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engineer Funsho Kupolokun, "Local content has been the focus of several industry discussions and seminars in recent times."

 

Kupolokun commended the National Assembly for joining the debate, which his aimed at enacting appropriate legislation to drive the programme. "Expectedly such exhaustive debates are necessary to help develop robust solutions, however the issue is both complex and delicate and should be carefully handled. It was in consideration of this that the industry set up a National Committee on Local Content in October 2001 with a mandate to review all existing documents on the issue and come up with policy statements and a draft bill," said the NNPC boss. Kupolokun drew the attention of participants to the major issue of the moment _ which is the challenge of effective management of natural resources and how member countries can progressively lift the participation of indigenous firms in the exploration and processing of oil and gas. Kukpolokun emphasized the importance of enhanced co-operation and regional integration as a means of achieving success in that direction.

 

Today, we are going one step further to explore the possibilities of partnerships and strategic alliances formation as invaluable tools in the march towards achieving socio-economic development of the continent through effective management of our natural but finite resources, he stated. According to statistics from the Organisation of Oil Producing and Exporting Countries (OPEC), APPA member countries account for virtually all of the continent's estimated output of some 355 million tones of crude oil.

To secure this volume of product, these countries would have invested a huge amount of resources, often in hard currencies.  Coming closer home, Nigeria's exploration activities in the upstream sector is said to gulp about $8 billion annually and 98 percent of this amount is expended outside the country.

 

Kukpolokun at another forum Stakeholders Seminar on Nigerian Content Development, cited two government reports, which confirmed the low level local content participation in the upstream sector of the oil industry.

The report made comparisons of the situation in contemporary countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico and Norway.  While these countries have made significant progress in advancing local content in their oil and gas industry by up 45% level or more, Nigeria had an estimated level of 5%. The report also enumerated the impediments to local content development to include the following: inadequate and incoherent policies/legislations, low technological capacity, inadequate infrastructure, limited avenues for funding, non-conducive business environment, uncompetitive business structure of indigenous companies, bureaucracy and credibility issues.

 

A major indigenous participant in the oil sector, Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah, however viewed that for the nation to have significant local content in the petroleum industry we would have to achieve some political stability, invested more on sustainable technical education, released entrepreneurship initiatives, undertaken pro-growth and market-friendly policies, provide the enabling environment for technology and knowledge acquisition.

Egbogah, who is the Executive Chairman of Emerald Energy Resources Limited, suggested that in order to promote effective local participation in the petroleum industry, NNPC must adopt the following principles in all its procurement exercises, a procedure which has been successfully followed by Petronas of Malaysia.

The principles include enhancement of local participation in all procurement activities (subsurface Geology and Engineering Studies, Surface Facilities Engineering, supply of equipment, materials and services. Others include utilization of local resources and services, technology transfer to local companies and reduction in foreign currency outflow.

 

Egbogah recalled that the Nigerian National Oil Company as it was known at inception, was entrusted with the responsibility to manage oil resources in the best interest of the country and that in discharging its responsibility, the company was to play vital role in ensuring that the country's petroleum resources were exploited in a manner that would bring maximum benefit to the nation in the short, medium and long terms.

NNPC he said, were to ensure that Nigerians are adequately represented in terms of ownership, management and control in all phases of petroleum operations ranging from exploration to marketing and distribution, both domestically and internationally.

 

Regrettably, the result would have been a well-developed local content in nation's oil and gas industry and Nigerian Content Development Bill, 2003 would not have been necessary, if these constitutional roles were executed to the letter, Egbogah stated. The Bill is seeking to further empower the Director of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and management of the NNPC to monitor and ensure compliance to all the provisions of the Act. Among others, the Bill provides for the setting up of a National Databank of available capabilities and system for joint qualification of contractors through a body of industry stakeholders approved by DPR. One striking section of the Bill is that which provides that Multinational oil companies ensure that 95% of their managerial, professional and supervisory staff are Nigerians.

 

President Olusegun Obasanjo was to further carry the desire to domesticate oil operation last week as he made a bid for the development of an appropriate framework for cooperation that would lead to an African Joint Venture funding mechanism in the petroleum sector.

In an address presented at the opening ceremony of the Council of Ministers of African Petroleum Producers Association (APPA) by his Special Adviser on Petroleum and Energy, Dr. Edmund Daukoru, the president said the continent could collaborate more to increase their petroleum sector services in terms of increased revenue gain, local content development and technology acquisition for the benefit of our economies.

 

The president said the move has become necessary in the light of global realities. "It is my belief that our current obstacles and hindrances in achieving the required results in this regard can be removed if the joint funding mechanism previously tabled is given reality", said the president. According to Obasanjo, indigenous companies can evolve working relationships for this purpose and with APPA providing relevant framework for the "emergence of Africa-to-Africa joint ventures, to pool resources and expertise".

 

Sharing a similar view, APPA Executive Secretary, Mr. Dave Akanni, observed that in view of current advances in information technology and globalization, strengthening cooperation and partnership among African nations, is the surest way the continent can gather necessary force and speed for its socio-economic take-off and sustainable growth. APPA countries gave confirmation to this proposal at its recently concluded meet in Abuja. The association in its communique adopted an action programme to harmonise strategies for local content in the oil and gas industry as well as the fiscal framework for upstream petroleum activities. Central to the struggle for improved local participation in the oil and gas business were the need to effect technology transfer, secure maximum economic benefits from our natural resources and protect the environment from pollution and degradation.



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