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…As Baru lauds ARCO Chief Executive, Okoigun, over Engineering Fellowship award

It was a delightful day as encomiums were poured on ARCO Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director (GMD), Engineer Alfred Irabo Okoigun for his outstanding contributions to the energy sector. The occasion provided avenue for the man who is being referred to as the engine room of Nigeria’s economy, Dr. Maikanti Baru, GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to express his vision and commitment for local investors.

The GMD revealed that NNPC is committed to assist local investors towards growing the engineering profession and he noted that this will ensure technological advancement of the nation’s oil and gas industry. This is on the backdrop of the Nigerian Local Content Act that was promulgated in 2010 to aid local investors in the country.

The NNPC helmsman made his intention known while speaking at the induction ceremony of the GMD of ARCO Group, Engr. Okoigun, with the Honourary Fellowship of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE), in Lagos recently.

According to him, “NNPC will continue to support ARCO Group and many other indigenous companies alike so that your story and the story of others will continue to be savoured by generations yet unborn.”

It will be recalled that Engr. Okoigun established ARCO Petrochemical Engineering Company Ltd in 1980 after a two year period as a Material Management Officer with NNPC’s Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company (WRPC). The company has since grown over the last three decades to become a conglomerate that not only deals in engineering and maintenance, but has also diversified into marine logistics, maritime security, pipelines & facilities inspection, property development and consumer power generation.

Baru referred to the ARCO Engineering boss as a leading light and example in the development and promotion of engineering education in Nigeria. He commended Engr. Alfred on his fellowship by the nation’s foremost engineering academy.

The NNPC boss stated further that “This fellowship is a testament of your distinguished leadership and contribution to the Engineering profession as well as your outstanding achievements and contributions towards the well-being of the society at large.”  He also commended NAE for promoting policies that ensure the advancement of Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation for a better economy and society.

The GMD made it known that NAE twenty-one years of existence has proven to be the national “Think Tank” for Engineering and Technology, “we in the NNPC are proud to be associated with you.”

In her remarks, President of NAE, Engr. (Mrs.) J. O. Maduka described the fellowship conferred on Engr. Okoigun as well-deserved following his contributions to the development of Engineering education in the country. She urged Okoigun to be a good ambassador of NAE by striving to do more for the Engineering profession as several young engineers are looking up to him for his remarkable achievements.

Giving his perspective on engineering education in Nigeria at the event, former Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, Prof. Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe called on innovators in the Engineering profession to look towards providing solutions that would make the world a better place for all.

NAE was established in 1997 as a non-profit and non-governmental institution for the promotion of excellence in Engineering training and practice to ensure the technological growth of Nigeria.

Known as the Think Tank of Engineering and Technology in Nigeria, the Academy provides leadership in national engineering and technological issues by conducting studies and research on relevant issues and making inputs to developmental policies at the highest possible level. It is also on record that NAE has had first class products in engineering most of whom have excelled in their chosen field in the industry.

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