A two-day sensitisation seminar on local content development in the nation’s oil and gas and shipping sectors designed at encouraging full integration and participation of Nigerians is billed to take on August 21 and 22, 2018 in Lagos.
Among dignitaries expected to speak at the event titled “Local Content Development in Shipping, Oil and Gas Logistics Operations in Nigeria” are governors of Lagos State and Edo State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
The two days seminar tagged is put together by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN).
Mr. Dapo Olawuni, General Secretary of MARAN, stated this in a press statement issued by the association, saying that the event was targeted at encouraging Nigerians to be fully integrated in the oil and gas logistics operation particularly in the upstream sector.
He noted that a special focus is being placed on the EGINA Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) platform recently delivered by TOTAL Nigeria Limited.
Already, he said that the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has indicated his interest to participate in the program as the state has recently joined the list of oil producing states in Nigeria.
In the same vein, Olawuni said special focus is equally on Edo State which has signed a memorandum of understanding with a consortium of Chinese and African companies for the construction of a 5,500 barrel per day modular refinery, states first refinery.
Maritime and Oil and Gas dignitaries billed to speak at the event include the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring board, Mr Simbi Wabote, Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations, Maikanti Baru, the Managing Director of Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, Umunna Okon Umunna, as well as the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dakuku Peterside.
Others are Managing Director of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) Mrs Emmy Jadesinmi, Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) Mr. Roland Ewubare, Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman, Nigerian Association of Master Mariners, Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA) among others.
The MARAN secretary, Mr. Olawuni stated that “As maritime journalists, we believe that the benefits of Nigeria’s participation in the oil and gas logistics operation would add to the multiplier effects in employment opportunities, capacity building, technology transfer, cost-saving and reduction in capital flight”
“It will in addition make Nigeria an oil and gas hub in the West African sub-region”
He also said that the event is to further showcase the importance of the shipping sector to the oil and gas industry and the need for more Nigerians to be aware and take advantage of opportunities in the local content law, the Cabotage Act among others.
MARAN is the umbrella body of all maritime journalists in Nigeria and has been in existence since 1988.