Kachikwu, Wabote, Inoyo, others set for Africa Oil & Gas Talent Summit
By Udeme Clement
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Engineer Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Mr. Udom Inoyo, Executive Vice Chairman, ExxonMobil, Nigeria, and several others are set for the third Africa Oil & Gas Talent Summit, AOGS, in Lagos.
Mr. Emmanuel Emielu, the Summit Director, AOGS, 2018, disclosed in a statement, explained that the annual Pan African oil and gas event will take place in Lagos from 24-25 October, 2018, at the La 4-Points by La Sheraton Hotel.
He said, “The event will be declared open by Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu.”
He added, “Dr. Kachikwu will be supported by senior industry leaders, including Wabote and Inoyo. AOGS was created to be the meeting place where Africa’s oil and gas business and Human Resources leaders will share experiences, as well as ideas on how to bridge the Human Capital needs of the Industry. The Summit is coming to Nigeria for the first time, after two successful outings in Ghana in 2015 and 2017”.
He went on, “The 2018 theme is People as the Real Assets; Delivering Innovation and Growth in the “New Normal” of Global Oil & Gas. It underscores the critical role of work teams to deliver innovation and resilience needed at this time, as the industry faces global uncertainties and chaos”.
His words, “Speakers from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana, UAE and Canada are expected to present papers on various sub-themes, with a Keynote by Funke Amobi, Country Head, Human Capital Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc.
“Some of the companies to be represented at AOGS 2018 include, West Africa Pipeline Co Limited, Ghana, NCDMB, DPR, NNPC, Oando, ExxonMobil, GE, Baker Hughes, Falcon Corporation, Ghana Technology University College, and the Institute of Petroleum Education and Management, Sierra Leone, to mention a few.
“People must be seen as the real asset for charting the road to recovery. Of the three pillars of the industry – technology, finance and people – it is only people that Africa has strategic control over, given that the other two are externally determined.”
Emielu also quoted Mr. Felix Amieyeofori, Executive Consultant, Operations, Pan Ocean/Newcross Group, as saying that: “This event is first of it kind in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. It is to provide the platform for engaging industry players on the need for investing in Human Capital that will sustain the growth in a competitive business environment.
“Our focus is Africa, given the teeming young population, the continent is branded as the youngest continent, with ever growing population, yet, extremely poor in all social dimensions.
“Both China and India have explored and exploited their huge population into becoming global power house. China is the second economy after the US, while India is being forecasted to be third, over taking Japan and Germany, very soon. Why, because they invested in their people, and they are now reaping the dividends. Our aim is to encourage organisations and countries in the continent to focus on their people and turn their labour force into Human Capital for sustainable growth.”