Two executive directors of Eta Energy Solutions – Engr. Sodi Toby (Managing Director) and Dr. Ebe Weli (Director) were part of a delegation of Nigerian-born oil and gas experts in diaspora who met with the Nigerian Minister of State for Petroleum Resources – Ibe Kachikwu in Abuja recently. The meeting was held on the 11th May 2017 to discuss reforms in the Nigerian oil and gas sector.
There were indications that the minister was prepared to make use of every opportunity available to him to deepen reforms in the critical oil and gas sector. Dr. Weli and Engr. Toby were part of a delegation from The Global Nigerian Forum (an association of well-respected oil and gas experts of Nigerian descent in diaspora) who held discussions with the minister. The objective of the group was to tender significant proposals and recommendations that will contribute to the ongoing reforms of the oil and gas sector in the country. These proposals and recommendations were the outcome of a workshop held on the 14th of January, 2017 in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen workshop attracted over 70 talented oil and gas leaders within the Nigerian diaspora community in Europe. The workshop (of which Eta Energy Solutions was one of the sponsoring companies) was held to review draft oil and gas policies as well as the new vision for oil & gas in Nigeria (The 7 Big Wins). The conference proved a success and its main findings and recommendations were core to the proposals being presented to the minister at this parley in May 2017.
The delegation presented the Ministry of Petroleum Resources with two key documents culled from the workshop. These are the Executive Summary on New Nigeria Oil & Gas Framework and Policy, Policy Consultation Workshop Europe, 14th January 2017, Aberdeen and the Policy Consultation Report: Recommendations and Proceedings, New Nigerian Oil & Gas Framework and Policy: The Policy Consultation Workshop in Europe. In response to receiving the documents and recommendations, the minister said “we are not taking your assignment and concern for the development of the nation’s resources lightly… by the next 24 months, we should be able to point to what has been achieved. It all requires collective efforts.” Furthermore, the minister said that the Nigerian oil and gas sector had been under the control of a few interest groups for so long. He however reiterated that the government, through the ongoing reforms was determined to open up the industry to all who can contribute meaningfully to it in a new era of transparency. The minister observed that Nigeria had bountiful human and material resources of international repute, adding “… when you have those resources, you really cannot understand why this country should not do far better than it has done.”
The Global Nigerian Forum commended the great strides in reforms that were being made by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and pledged its support and assistance in implementing the ongoing reform being led by the Minister of State.
The event was adequately covered by reputable national and international media. For more details, see links below: -
BEN TV (coverage commences from 12.40 minutes)