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Ambode, Obaseki To Speak At Maritime Reporters’ Seminar

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Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode and his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki are among stakeholders billed to speak at a two-day sensitisation seminar on local content development in the oil and gas and shipping industry.

The programme is organised by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN).

In a press statement signed by the secretary-general of MARAN, Mr. Dapo Olawuni, issued at the weekend, the association said the event is targeted at encouraging Nigerians to be fully integrated in the oil and gas logistics operation particularly in the upstream sector.

According to the statement, a special focus is being placed on the EGINA Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) platform recently delivered by TOTAL Nigeria Limited.

‘‘The two days seminar tagged ‘Local Content Development in Shipping, Oil and Gas Logistics Operations in Nigeria’ is billed to hold on 21st and 22nd of August 2018 at the Rockview Hotel in Apapa Lagos. The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has indicated his interest to participate in the programme as the state has recently joined the list of oil producing states in Nigeria. In the same vein, 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 which will be first in the states,’’ the statement read in part.

Also, maritime and Oil and Gas dignitaries billed to speak at the event includes the executive secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring board, Mr Simbi Wabote; group managing director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations, Dr 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.

“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,” the statement read in part



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