The 15th Annual Aret Adams Memorial Lecture series holds in Lagos on Thursday 1st of March, 2018 at the Muson Centre.
Engr. Anthony Ogbuigwe, FNSE, the past President of African Refiners Association and currently the Managing Consultant of PEJAD Nigeria Limited and Dr. Jackson Gaius Obaseki (former Group Managing Director of NNPC and Chairman of Brass LNG Nigeria Limited) will be the Guest Speaker and the Chairman respectively at this year’s 15th Annual Aret Adams Memorial lecture series slated for 1st March, 2018 at the Muson Centre (Agip Hall) in Lagos. The event will start by 11.00am.
The Programs Coordinator of Aret Adams Foundation, Akin Jokojeje, disclosed that this year’s lecture which is the 15th in the series, has a theme, tagged “Refineries in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities”
As expected, major players and stakeholders in the Oil and Gas industry, financial institutions as well as captains of industries are expected at the event. He stated further that the Foundation was established in honour of the late Chief Godwin Aret Adams, the first Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (1988 to 1990), who later became the Special Adviser on Petroleum Resources to former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar in 1998, adding that Aret Adams made outstanding contributions toward the growth of Nigeria’s Oil & Gas industry and the nation’s economy in general.
The Foundation, Jokojeje noted is aimed at promoting and building educational capacity and policy formulations. He added that the National Energy policy delivered to the Federal government in April 1980 was formulated by the late Aret Adams and that it was him that re-energized negotiations that led to the successful execution of shareholders agreements for the execution of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) project in 1989 and many others.
He went further to reveal that the Foundation has institutionalized the Aret Adams Professorial Chairs at the University of Port Harcourt in collaboration with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
In addition, the Late Chief Aret Adams was a Geologist per excellence during his life time and an alumnus of the University of Ibadan. This has propelled the Foundation to be giving scholarship awards to the best selected Post Graduate students in Geology of the University of Ibadan on yearly basis to assist them in the pursuit of their M.sc degree programmes.
Also giving an insight into the forthcoming annual lecture, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Egbert Imomoh, CON noted that Chief Aret Adams left behind a legacy of professionalism and humanitarianism as epitomized in many lives he touched, irrespective of tribe or religion affiliations while he was alive. It was those virtues of his that motivated few colleagues and associates to establish the Foundation to propagate and sustain the life-long dreams of the late Godwin Aret Adams”.
The BOT Chairman also revealed that the topic for this year’s lecture is so germane, because it would seek to explore all possible measures that could be employed by the government and all other stakeholders in the Oil & Gas industry to put an end to perennial and recurrent fuel scarcity being experience in the country, as a result of below performance of install capacities of refineries in Nigeria.
One of the major highlights of this year’s lecture would be the presentation of scholarship awards to another set of Post Graduate students in Geology of the University of Ibadan.