The Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will be leading Federal Government delegation to the annual August conference of the National Association of Energy Correspondents (NAEC) holding on at Eko Hotel, Lagos. In a statement signed by the Association Chairman, Yunus Yusuf, International Oil Companies (IOCs), Downstream oil and gas operators, independent producers, new owners of the privatised power assets and other stakeholders, would also be at the conference to proffer solutions to issues to be discussed.
The GMD, captains of industry and other industry chief executives as well as the lawmakers, are expected to brainstorm on the ways to address deregulation of the downstream challenges and ways to tackle gas supply challenges in the power sector. The conference is expected to provide a veritable platform for the government and the industry operators to rub minds on the ways to address energy crisis sustainability towards Nigeria development and the anticipated downstream deregulation transformation and how best to achieved them for the benefit of all stakeholders and the economy.
The conference will take holistic look at government’s positions and policies in the downstream subsector of the oil and gas and power industries and the stand of various key stakeholders on these policies as well as the way forward. The chairman said Dr Kachikwu would deliver the keynote address and also present the lead paper. He said that this year’s conference is segmented into two technical sessions, with the main theme: “Energy Crisis and Sustainable Development in Nigeria; The Way Forward”.
The Sub-themes are as follows: “Deregulation: A key To Sustainable Development in the Oil and Gas Sector” and “Tackling Gas Supply Challenges to Arrest Power Crisis”. Discussants at the conference include the President Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Former Minister of Power and Chairman of Geometric Power Ltd., Prof Bart Nnaji, Kaztec Engineering Limited, Mr John Neizner, Dr Ransome Owen, Group Managing Director, Aiteo Power, Special Adviser on Gas to Chinedu Nebo, Dr Frank Edozie, Managing Director,/Chief Executive Officer, Egbin Power, Mr. Dallas M. Peavey, Chairman of NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Oil, Thomas Dada, Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), Benjamin Dikki, Mr Abiodun Ogunleye, Managing Director, PowerCap Nigeria Limited.
Others include Managing Directors, Mobil Producing Nigeria, Mr. Tunji Oyebanji, Total Nigeria Plc, Mr. Alex Vovk, Executive Secretary, PPPRA, Farouk Ahmed, Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Muda Yusuf, Executive Secretary, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Mr. Femi Olawore and President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Francis Johnson. The Chairman of the conference is Mr. Deji Haastrup, General Manger, Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA) Chevron Nigeria Limited.