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Nigeria Energy Exhibition and Conference: Energy stakeholders harp on collaboration to meet Nigeria’s growing energy needs



Key stakeholders in the energy industry have pledged commitment to the growth of Nigeria’s Energy Sector at the Nigeria Energy Exhibition and Conference emphasising efficient collaboration among key stakeholders.

The key stakeholders including local and international players in the industry at the exhibition and conference holding from the 20th to 22nd September 2022, at the Landmark Center, pledged to collaborate effectively across value chain to meet Nigeria’s growing energy need.

Speaking at the conference, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, FNSE, Honourable Minister of Power, Federal Ministry of Power, Nigeria, represented by Mr. Temitope Fashedemi, FNIM, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, said, “We understand Nigeria’s economic development aspiration demands a higher energy capacity than what we have available presently. Our current unmet energy needs are huge, and they are bound to increase due to urbanisation and population expansion. This makes it clear that access to energy is critical in advancing our country’s development agenda. Consequently, an enabling policy and investments in modern energy technologies is required.

“I believe that collaboration is critical to achieving our energygoals. The much-needed finance required for provision of energy access resides with the private sector. And the task of liberating the finance through the right policies, incentives, and establishment of the investment friendly environment is what the government is committed to achieving. As such, collaborations with the private sector and our development partners are essential in accelerating our efforts towards sustainable energy supply,” he concluded.

While commenting on the event, the Honourable Minister said, I want to commend the organisers who have conceived this idea from inception being a veritable platform that brings together all stakeholders in the Energy sector. Except for a two-year interregnum occasioned by the global COVID-19 pandemic,this event has been held every year and has been made bigger and better on each occasion. Energy is conceptually one of the most important infrastructure requirements for human existence, because it is one of the most important components of economic development. This unique event provides us with not just the opportunities to engage with public and private sector players, but also allow us to share knowledge with international energy experts and investors with a view to developing new solutions.”

Ade Yesufu, Exhibition Director, Nigeria Energy, said, “On behalf of the Nigeria Energy team and Informa Markets, we are pleased to welcome all stakeholders to the 9th edition of Nigeria Energy, formerly known as Power Nigeria. Over the next three days, we have the opportunity to network with top level providers and key stakeholders in the industry to discuss what reliable power solutions can be implemented to meet Nigeria’s growing demand and how we can work together to pave way for the decentralisation of the power sector. Alongside the exhibition, we have a three-day high level knowledge packed conference which will feature the most powerful panel discussions across building power capacity, financing power projects, increasing efficiency through new technologies and exploring renewable energy mix with special focus on green hydrogen.”

The Nigeria Energy Exhibition and Conference is supported by leading global players in the power and infrastructure industry including SkipperSeil Limited, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Ikeja Electric, Simba Industries, Tetracore Group,Mojec International, Tranos, Powerpro, Himel and Mikano International, Eaton, Lucy Electric, Greenville LNG, and Jubaili Bros. These key industry players will showcase the latest and commercially sustainable power solutions at Nigeria Energy, alongside a further in-depth look into finding real-world solutions for Nigeria’s power sector challenges at the conference.

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Chevron Nigeria raises alarm on false recruitment information



Chevron Nigeria Limited has raised an alarm on a false recruitment being conducted.

The operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) and CNL Joint Venture dismissed the recruitment noting that is false.

In a statement by Mr Brikinn, General Manager, Policy, Government & Public Affairs, the organisation wrote, “We are aware of the circulation of false recruitment information in some media and online channels in the name of CNL and Chevron Corporation, purportedly advertising job positions in CNL. Additionally, fraudulent job offers have reportedly been sent through emails, text messages and phone calls by individuals purporting to be staff or representatives of CNL and Chevron Corporation.

“Members of the public are hereby notified that CNL does not solicit job applications or initiate recruitment processes through emails, posters, handbills, text messages, social media, or phone calls.

“Job seekers are advised to always check the company’s website at: http:/, and the national newspapers for job advertisements from CNL.

“CNL does not and will not require applicants to make any payment towards processing any job application. Job offers requesting candidates to pay money, at any point during the recruitment process, are not from CNL. CNL advises that anyone who receives these fraudulent communications should report them to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

“CNL hereby dissociates itself from all false job adverts and offers published in any online media platform, web site, email, poster, handbill or any other medium.

“CNL will not respond to enquiries about fraudulent advertisements and job offers,” the statement read.

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NCDMB lauds SNEPCO, Bayelsa Govt over digital library inauguration at Niger Delta University



The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Felix Omatsola Ogbe has commended Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) and the Bayelsa State Government for the completion and inauguration of a Learning Centre and Digital Library at Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma, Bayelsa State.

The state-of-the-art facility which boasts three floors – a 2,300-seater Library Building – and a fully equipped digital library, also has a Wi-Fi Lounge, offices, digital educational technology rooms, a 500KVA generator housed within a purpose-built external structure, 500KVA transformer, a dedicated water facility and overhead tank, a restaurant/recreation hub, etc.

Engr. Ogbe, represented by the Director of Corporate Services of NCDMB, Dr. Ama Ikuru, prefaced his address at the commission ceremony on Thursday with a word of appreciation to the State Government for making the environment conducive for business activities.

Continuing, he noted, “Those of us in the oil and gas industry know that without the enabling environment, there will be no projects and without projects, there will be no local content growth and no projects like this one.” The project, as he noted, is part of SNEPCo’s “commitment to the Nigerian Content Human Capital Development Initiative.”

Regarding the sponsor of the project, the NCDMB boss stated, “I will thank Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCO) and by extension, Shell Companies in Nigeria for showing faith, commitment, and good execution in the delivery of this project.”

The company’s major partner, Nigeria Upstream Investment Limited was similarly commended “for approving the execution of this project.”

Engr. Ogbe pointed out that “SNEPCO was not compelled by legislation, nor the force of regulators, nor by community agitation. They saw the need to support education in Nigeria and worked with their partners to conceptualize and commence the execution of this project.”

The role of NCDMB in facilitating the project execution was also highlighted. According to the Executive Secretary, “When funding for completion of the project became an issue, they sought permission from the NCDMB to complete the project.”

According to him, the request was promptly granted, with assurance of “our total support.”

On the importance of the facility to the University, Engr. Ogbe noted that “NDU is ready to soar above her peers in a digitalization and artificial intelligence-dominated academic world. With this facility,” he explained, “research projects will be completed on time, new findings will be published, students will graduate on time and lecturers will have the best materials for their publication and receive their elevation.”

He declared, “We are immensely proud of this achievement,” adding, “Shell Companies in delivering this project have proven beyond doubt that they are truly partners for Nigeria’s development.”

The Managing Director, SNEPCO, Mrs. Elohor Aiboni, said the learning complex embodies the commitment of her company to improving access to education for all Nigerians, and that the achievement is “the culmination of a vision shared by Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), SNEPCo, our co-venture partners, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, and, of course, the Niger Delta University.”

On the wider benefits of the project to the local community and others, she noted, “Sustainable development is at the core of our mission. The construction process incorporated knowledge transfer programmes, empowering 24 individuals from the Niger Delta University with hands-on experience in complex engineering through industrial training opportunities. This initiative equips them with a solid foundation for successful future careers.”

The Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor, reminded the audience, which included the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, and the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Nimibofa Ayawei, among others, that “The history of Shell [in Nigeria] began in Bayelsa State.”

He described the Learning Centre and Digital Library as “a signature project in the Niger Delta,” and thanked industry colleagues “for the fruitful collaboration.” He also assured that Shell Companies in Nigeria “will continue to maintain close partnership with Bayelsa State.”

In his own remarks, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Ewhrudjakpo, thanked “all who initiated and completed the facility,” while urging Shell and other oil and gas industry players to never be tired of partnering the Bayelsa State Government. While advising the university community to “put [the facility] to the best use,” he declared, “For the students, the time to give excuses for your failure is over. For the lecturers, the time to give excuses for your inability to research has also expired.”

Construction of the Learning Centre and Digital Library was initiated by SNEPCo in 2007 to enhance educational infrastructure in the country.

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Ibiyemi honoured with Posthumous award for contributions to energy sector



The Founding Publisher of Nigerian NewsDirect, Late Dr Samuel Ibiyemi has been honoured with a Posthumous award for his contributions to the Energy sector at the maiden edition of the Energy Times award ceremony in Lagos.

The late Dr Samuel Ibiyemi was bestowed with the award of “Most Versatile Journalist of the year.”

Dr Ibiyemi before he passed on last year July was a member of the Nigerian Gas Association, Nigerian Guild of Editors, NIPR, Rotary Club, Newspapers Propietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Association of Energy Correspondents of Nigeria (NAEC), member Ife Development board, Board Chairman, Olode Grammar School, amongst a host of others. He was also notably a member of the technical drafting committee that drafted the Petroleum Industry Bill now Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), being the only Journalist on the committee.

Described by the former Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) as a champion of local content, Dr Ibiyemi utilised his platform to advocate for the development of Nigeria’s local content and created foras to adumbrate on policies that will change the trajectory of Nigeria’s Oil and gas industry.

Commending Dr Ibiyemi, Dr Diran Fawibe, the Chairman of International Energy Services Limited (IESL) and Chairman of the occasion described the Late Dr Ibiyemi as one of the few journalists who were really knowledgeable about the sector and actively pursued the growth of the sector through his tabloid, NewsDirect.

Fawibe noted that he used to buy NewsDirect everyday due to the rich quality content and reportage it supplied on a daily basis on the energy sector.

Receiving the award on behalf of the family, the Publisher/Executive Director of Nigerian NewsDirect, Mr Mathew Ibiyemi commended the management of Energy Times for recognizing the impacts Dr Ibiyemi made on the energy sector in Nigeria.

Mr Mathew Ibiyemi noted that the award was emotional for him explaining that though his late dad was no longer with the family presently, his impacts continue to make him remembered globally.

Similarly, the Deputy Managing Director of Falcon Corporation, Mrs Audrey Ozigbo in an emotional moment who also bagged an award of Amazon of Gas development dedicated her award to the Late Dr Ibiyemi and two of his colleagues who stood by her company at the early stages of her company’s growth.

The hall was filled with many industry stakeholders who were also eager to share their encounters and the impact the Late Dr Samuel Ibiyemi had on their lives and businesses.

Other recipients awarded at the award ceremony include the GCEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mr Mele Kolo Kyari, recognized at the award ceremony, Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, Heirs Energies, Commission Chief Executive of Nigeria Upstream Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Mr Gbenga Komolafe, United Bank for Africa, Niger Delta Power Holding Company, amongst a host of others.

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