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NIES creates panel for conversations on breaking gender barriers at NIES 2024

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The Nigeria International Energy Summit (NIES) is set to host a Women in Energy Roundtable revolving around conversations on breaking gender barriers at its highly anticipated 7th edition, set to unfold from February 26th to March 1st, 2024.

The session, scheduled for February 27th, 2024 by 2.30pm at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, is poised to serve as a catalyst for transformative dialogue, offering women professionals in the energy sector a vital platform to share experiences, foster inclusivity, and champion gender diversity.

The Women in Energy Roundtable promises an invigorating exploration of the multifaceted experiences of women across diverse roles within the energy landscape. By illuminating the pivotal themes of inclusivity, mentorship, and leadership development, the Roundtable is poised to chart a course towards a more equitable industry future. Additionally, by delving into pressing industry trends and the instrumental role of women in propelling innovation and sustainability, this session is primed to ignite a compelling narrative of progress and empowerment.

“As we gather to celebrate the achievements of women and amplify their voices, at NIES 2024 Women in Energy Roundtable, we are not only shaping the present but also paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable future in the energy sector,” said Dr. Mrs. Blessing Enakimio, Director of Events at Brevity Anderson, NIES event producers.

At its core, the Women in Energy Roundtable stands as a beacon of celebration, amplifying the extraordinary achievements of women across varied domains within the energy sector. Through candid discussions, panelists will navigate personal career trajectories, articulate the significance of female leadership and mentorship, and strategise on combatting entrenched gender biases and stereotypes endemic to the field.

The Roundtable will be graced by esteemed guests of honor, including Barrister Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, Minister of Women Affairs, and Dr. Doris Anite, Minister for Industry, Trade & Investment.

Among the illustrious panelists slated to grace the session are: Mrs. Olu Arowolo Verheijen, Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Energy; Mrs. Adesua Dozie, Vice Chairman, ExxonMobil Nigeria; Mrs. Oritsemeyiwa Eyesan, Executive Vice President (E & P), NNPC Limited; Mrs. Elohor Aiboni, Managing Director, SNEPCo; Mrs. Uju Ifejika, Chairman/CEO, Brittania U Limited; Mrs. Nkechi Obi, Group Managing Director, Technooil Limited; Mrs. Eyono Fatayi-Williams, President Women in Energy Network/Former GM (External Relations), NLNG Limited.

With an unwavering commitment to catalysing positive change and nurturing the next generation of women trailblazers in the energy sector, the Women in Energy Roundtable pledges to inspire, empower, and galvanise towards a future defined by inclusivity, equality, and sustainable progress.

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Port-Harcourt refinery may resume operations July — IPMAN

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The National Public Relations Officer, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Chief Ukadike Chinedu has revealed that the refinery may resume operations in July.

Speaking to journalists during the week, Ukadike stated that the development would stimulate economic activities, reduce the price of petroleum products and ensure adequate supply.

The IPMAN official stated that the work done represented a complete turnaround, not just rehabilitation, emphasising that every effort would be made to meet the July deadline.

Ukadike said, “Yes when we visited the place, the MD told us that the refinery was almost ready and by the end of July, they would start producing. It has been turned into a new one. They changed all the armoured cable to brand new and everything there is almost like a brand-new refinery.”

“The turnaround on maintenance is very massive and the job is being done day and night. All hands are on deck to make sure that they meet that target. By the end of July the refinery should be ready,” He said.

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Port-Harcourt refinery may resume operations July – Report

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The National Public Relations Officer, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Chief Ukadike Chinedu has revealed that the refinery may resume operations in July.

Speaking to newsmen on Monday, Ukadike stated that the development would stimulate economic activities reduce the price of petroleum products and ensure adequate supply.

The IPMAN official stated that the work done represented a complete turnaround, not just rehabilitation, emphasising that every effort would be made to meet the July deadline.

Ukadike said, “Yes when we visited the place, the MD told us that the refinery was almost ready and by the end of July, they would start
producing. It has been turned into a new one they changed all the armoured cable to brand new and everything there is almost like a brand-new refinery.”

“The turnaround on maintenance is
very massive and the job is being done day and night. All hands are on
deck to make sure that they meet that target. By ending of July the refinery should be ready.” He said.

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NDDC inaugurates Edo electricity sub-station

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has inaugurated the 1×15MVA 33/11KV electricity injection substation it built in Amufi, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area in Benin City, Edo State.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the NDDC Managing Director, Dr Samuel Ogbuku, re-stated the Commission’s resolve to fully comply with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s directive that all on-going projects were completed and commissioned.

He said: “Today marks the second day in our series of project commissioning. On Saturday, we were in Abia State to commission the 9-kilometer Obehie-Oke-Ikpe Road and flagged off the re-construction of Oke-Ikpe-Akwete-Ohambele Road, phase II.

“Our presence here today is to share the success story of our commissioning of projects and emphasise how the NDDC is a true blessing to the people of the Niger Delta. We have made remarkable progress. Our goal is not to compete with State Governments but to complement their efforts, along with other federal agencies, in driving development in the region.

“We are here to celebrate success, as Mr. President has directed that every stalled project be completed and commissioned for the benefit of the people. By prioritising the completion of such projects, we are making a difference in the lives of our people.”

Ogbuku said that the Commission was committed to improving the living conditions of Niger Deltans, stating: “Our objective is to move the NDDC from a transactional Commission to one that is committed to the sustainable development and transformation of the Niger Delta region.”

The NDDC boss commended the traditional rulers and leaders of the benefiting communities for securing the project site and equipment to protect them from vandals. As a reward for their peaceful disposition and protecting government assets, Ogbuku promised that the NDDC would award a contract for the reconstruction of the dilapidated road leading into Amufi community.

During the ceremony, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who was represented by the Commissioner for Mining and Energy, Hon. Enaholo Ojiefoh, commended the NDDC for complementing the efforts of the state government in rural electrification.

He described the NDDC Managing Director as “Mr. Project of the Niger Delta region.”

“We are going to take it up from here by enhancing the security network to protect all your projects in Edo State. We are very happy today to be part of the commissioning of this project.”

The NDDC Executive Director, Projects, Sir Victor Antai, said that the project would increase productivity in businesses for companies and artisans in the beneficiary communities.

According to him: “The features of the project include; installation of 15MVA, 33/11KV transformer with 33KV 1250A SF6 circuit breaker, switch gear panels, tripping unit and 1km 33KV high tension overhead line.

The representative of Edo South Senatorial District, Senator Neda Imasuen, underscored the fact that light eliminates darkness and opens up communities to development. He expressed delight that his constituents would begin to enjoy better services from the electricity company serving the area.

He stressed: “The transformative power of electricity cannot be overstated; this project will have a multiplier effect on businesses within the community.”

Also speaking, the immediate past Senator representing Edo South in the National Assembly, Senator Mathew Urhoghide, said the impact of electricity projects were enormous, noting that the communities in Ikpoba Okha LGA would begin to reap the benefits of NDDC’s contribution to rural development.

He remarked: “For the people in this community, this project will assist in their development by providing access to electricity, benefiting both the residents and local establishments.”

The Edo State Representative on the NDDC Governing Board, Hon. Patrick Aisowieren, said he was happy that the substation project, which commenced a few years back, had been successfully completed.

He said further: “I urge the community to take ownership of this facility for the greater good of the community and the entire Edo State.

The traditional ruler of Amufi, Ohen Iyi-Ewuara Asenoguan, thanked the NDDC for executing the electricity project and appealed for more infrastructural projects in the area.

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