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Abdul Lateef, Publicity Secretary of NAPE, Ajibola Oyebamiji, NAPE President, Dr. Layi Fatona and Toyin his wife receiving the birthday card donated by NAPE Executives.

It was a beehive of activities at the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationist (NAPE) Monthly Technical Meeting held in Lagos. The Technical Meeting as the name suggests is being used to dissect issues bothering on the oil industry as experts are often given the opportunity to show case their knowledge about current realities in the industry.

But it was a different scenario on Wednesday the 15th of May, 2019 as an oil industry guru, Dr. Olayiwola Fatona was honoured for his immense contributions to the oil industry in Nigeria. The Technical Meeting was also used to celebrate the oil industry icon who turns 70 and joins the group of septuagenarians.

Fatona, a renowned Geologist, commenced his career with Shell and later resigned to form Niger Delta Petroleum Resources (NDPR) with other professionals of like minds. The Septuagenarian is known as the father of marginal field development as he was one of the indigenous oil experts to own and develop a field.

At present, the marginal field has metamorphosed into an integrated one including a refinery. The field that is situated in Ogbele, oil rich Niger Delta of Nigeria has significant amount of gas.

Indeed, Ogbele is a success story of an indigenous marginal field that has thrived beyond imagination.

Fatona took time to explain the successes and challenges of NDPR which has also given birth to another company with other partners known as ND WESTERN.

The quintessential professional was extolled at the occasion which was graced by fellows of NAPE, well-wishers, members of staff of NDPR, academia among others.   


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