LAGOS-Former Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC Dr. Jackson Gaius Obaseki who is currently chairman of Brass LNG company will chair the 12th edition of Aret Adams annual memorial lecture in Lagos.
The 2015 edition will feature two guest speaker, Group Executive Director (Power and Gas) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. David Ige as well as the Managing Director/CEO of Frontier Oil Limited, Engr. Thomas Dada
According to the Programs Coordinator of Aret Adams Foundation, Mr. Akin Jokojeje, said this year’s lecture which is the 12th in the series, has a theme, tagged “Gas: An Engine of Growth For Nigeria”. As expected, major players and stakeholders in the Oil and Gas industry, financial institutions as well as captains of industries will be present at the event.
He said 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, Federal Republic of Nigeria, 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, Mr. Jokojeje said is aimed at promoting and building educational capacity and policy formulations. He disclosed 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).
Mr Jokojej in a statement described the Late Chief Aret Adams as a Geologist per excellence during his life time and an alumni of the University of Ibadan, has propelled the Foundation to be given scholarship awards to the best few 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, Mr. Egbert Imomoh, CON (Chairman, Afren Energy Resources Limited) 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 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.
The lecture is slated for 26th February, 2015 at The Muson Centre (Agip Hall) Marina,Onikan, Lagos, and is scheduled to commence by 11.00am prompt.