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NIGERIA’S FIRST OIL & GAS TRAINING, RESEARCH CENTRE OPENS IN UYO

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_By Umoh-Obong Kingsley_

 

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The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has commended Halliburton for partnering with the state for its training and research programmes in the oil and gas sector.

Gov. Emmanuel who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem,during the inauguration ceremony of the Akwa Ibom Oil and Gas Training and Research Centre at the Ibom E-Library on Tuesday, expressed satisfaction that the programme was in line with his job creation and wealth creation as hinged in his 5-point agenda.

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Mr Emmanuel said he is committed to taking the youths off the streets by equipping them with the necessary tools in the market place, to develop expertise locally and increase the rapid response preparedness to develop the critical mass of manpower in order to work and drive the economy.

“This facility is a great addition to our region and will help boost our state’s revenue and tourism potentials because oil companies can now train their employees within Nigeria rather than sending them out of the country for the latest education in oil and gas development.”

In his welcome address, the Area Vice President/Managing Director of Halliburton Nigeria, Mr Henry Oki, thanked the State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, for his support and partnership to set up the first of its kind research and training hub in Nigeria.

He expressed delight for the collaboration with the State government, stating that Halliburton has been working alongside the Akwa Ibom State Government to inaugurate and open Nigeria’s first oil and gas training centre.

“With this facility, Akwa Ibom State, which is Nigeria’s largest crude oil producer, can provide a robust range of oil and gas development courses to local students and employees. We believe Nigeria has great oil and gas potential, and the country will play a key role in the global energy industry within the next decade.”

According to him the Akwa Ibom Oil and Gas Training and Research centre is expected to support more than 3000 students annually and will offer more than 50 courses in oil and gas development, and will provide courses in field development, drilling and completions engineering, well intervention solutions and digital technologies to local energy employees and students, as well as offer the training curriculum, instructors, software, workstations and tools to be used in the classroom.

The Group Managing Director, Hobark Group of Companies, Engr. Obi Okoroafor, in his goodwill message, said that Hobark is delighted to associate with a visionary leader like Governor Udom Emmanuel who is committed to developing human capacity.

Chief Operating Officer, NNPC Upstream, Mr Bello Rabiu, in his opening remarks, lauded the Governor for the collaboration between the state government and Halliburton to build and foster human capacity development in the oil and gas sector.

Halliburton was founded in 1919, and has approximately 50,000 employees, representing 140 nationalities in approximately 70 countries. The company helps its customers maximize value throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir – from locating hydrocarbons and managing geological data, to drilling and formation evaluation, well construction and completion, and optimizing production throughout the life of the asset.

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Nova Care CEO, Tijani Olumide Bags ‘Face of London 24’ Awards.

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Nova Care CEO, Tijani Olumide Bags ‘Face of London 24’ Awards.

 

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The Managing Director of Nova Care and Recruitment Limited, United Kingdom has bagged the face of London 2024 awards on the 16th of May 2024.

The awards was organized by Triangle Media International, a creative and balanced reporting outfit cutting across the world.

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The awards was presented based on tremendous efforts of Mr Tijani Olumide in caring for Nigerians and other citizen in getting a stable job in the United Kingdom among other philanthropy gesture to humanity.

He was ably represented by Omooba Damilare Oloyode who is a close ally to Tijani Olumide.

Below is the awards and certificates

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Nova Care CEO, Tijani Olumide Bags 'Face of London 24' Awards.

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Lagos Assembly Plans Geographic Information Law

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Lagos Assembly Plans Geographic Information Law

 

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– bill will create comprehensive database of Lagos state

 

 

 

 

 

 

– will curb issues involved in land ownership

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That A new bill that seeks to harmonise all geographic information service projects of Lagos is under consideration at the State House of Assembly.

 

 

 

Lagos Assembly Plans Geographic Information Law

 

 

 

 

 

The Lagos Geographic Information Service bill, which had stakeholders making contributions on Friday, is also aimed at establishing a computerised central database for all information relating to geospatial matters and related issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 4(2) of the bill says the agency’s responsibilities include introducing, implementing and sustaining best practices for all Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the state as well as “develop and maintain an online platform that will contain all information and statistics on geospatial-related matters.”

 

 

 

 

 

Lagos Assembly Plans Geographic Information Law

 

 

 

 

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said the bill, when passed, would help in improving governance and boosting professionalism.

 

“It is targeted at integrating governance with advancements in technology. This is something we hope to always take advantage of so that our state can continue to be ahead in the area of development,” Dr. Obasa, represented by Hon. Stephen Ogundipe, a member of the House, said adding that the Assembly will always make the residents of the state its focal point.

 

Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon. Ogunkelu Sylvester, said the bill “shows a commitment and sincere

sense of duty on the part of the legislators of the state to put people’s interest at heart.

 

“Today’s public hearing means a lot to the improvement of

information technology and computerised central database in Lagos State.”

 

Ogunkelu, who represents Epe Constituency 2 at the House, described it as a bill that will cover the database of Lagos just as he commended the Speaker for his passion for the progress of the State.

 

“The bill will guide the government to have a database of everything concerning Lagos and in this case, you could be in your house and apply for a certificate of ownership on your property and have it without even visiting the Ministry.

 

“It will also cut sharp practices and curb fraudulent sales of land. For land, the database will have details of owners including their photographs,” he said.

 

Rasheed Makinde, a former lawmaker, commended the House for its proactiveness while some of the stakeholders suggested the involvement of professional bodies in the proposed law.

 

Eromosele Ebhomele

Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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Civil Society Groups Name Keyamo Minister of the Poor

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A coalition of 15 civil society groups in the country has named the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, SAN, as the minister of the masses.

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The CSOs, under the auspices of the Civic Room for Good Governance said of all the ministers, Keyamo’s policies and programs have positively impacted ordinary Nigerians the most.

In a statement signed by its national coordinator,
Assoc. Prof. Thomas Uzah, the groups said Keyamo has demonstrated a genuine and deep understanding of the challenges faced by ordinary citizens.

The appraisal comes days before President Bola Tinubu’s first anniversary in office.

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Highlighting some of the pro-masses policies of Keyamo, Uzah said the mandatory e-tag system for VIPs shows the minister means business.

He said not only would this improve revenue for upgrading decaying airport infrastructure, but it shows a sincere commitment towards the plight of the citizens.

Uzah also applauded the introduction of helicopter landing levies as another game-changer in line with global best practices and cost recovery measures.

He noted that Keyamo noticed a lacuna in the lower airspace where helicopter operations are dominant and took advantage for the overall good of Nigerians.

While commending the minister for supporting the growth and sustenance of local airlines, Uzah added that he has continued to advocate for fair pricing for Nigerian travellers.

“Today, we celebrate a leader who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to the growth and development of our nation’s aviation sector. Festus Keyamo’s tireless efforts and visionary leadership have brought hope and transformation to an industry that was once plagued by inefficiencies and stagnation,” the statement said.

”He has shown unwavering commitment to prioritizing the needs of the masses. His tireless efforts to implement policies and programs that benefit the most vulnerable members of our society are truly commendable.

“ Under Keyamo, the Aviation leadership has demonstrated a genuine understanding of the challenges faced by ordinary citizens, and his responses have been swift and effective. The ministry’s initiatives have brought hope and relief to countless individuals and communities.

“We particularly appreciate his commitment to inclusive decision-making processes; support for the masses; efforts to address poverty and inequality as well as dedication to transparency and accountability.

“It is no longer business as usual. The elites or VIPs must now pay for e-tickets like the ordinary Nigerian. Commendable! The Minister said it is unacceptable for wealthy Nigerians to receive free passage while ordinary citizens pay full fees.

“The Minister also charged NAMA to live up to its responsibilities, to enable them to show strong support for the growth and sustenance of local airline businesses whilst holding them to the highest international standards in the aviation industry. But he is not discarding our foreign partners.

“The Minister stressed the importance of fair pricing for Nigerian travellers and wants foreign airline to consider offering low airfares to ensure parity with the cost of tickets in neighbouring countries.

“His actions to address long-standing challenges, such as flight delays and cancellations, and initiatives to enhance safety and security are praiseworthy. His vision for a world-class aviation sector is inspiring, and we are confident that under his leadership, Nigeria will become a hub for aviation excellence in Africa.

“The Minister’s efforts have positively impacted the lives of many Nigerians and foreign travellers, promoting safety, efficiency, and economic growth in the aviation sector.

“In all of these, he has ensured a strict compliance with safety regulations and the continuous upward movement of Nigeria’s rating by the ICAO.

“His dedication to the well-being of the masses is a shining example of leadership and public service. We, therefore, pledge to continue working closely with his ministry to ensure the successful implementation of these policies and programs.

“We urge Mr Keyamo to persist in their dedication to the welfare of the people, and we encourage all stakeholders to join forces in supporting these vital efforts”.

 

 

 

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