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56 UK, Nigerian companies explore opportunities in Shell-sponsored business summit
L-R: Head of Nigerian Content Development, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company of Nigeria (SNEPCo) Austin Uzoka; Director, United Kingdom Trade & Industry, Chris Maskell; British Deputy High Commissioner, Ray Kyles; General Manager, Nigerian Content Development, Shell Nigeria, Chiedu Oba; UKTI Specialist, Sue Whitebread; Director Monitoring and Evaluation (NCDMB),Tunde Adelana.... at the just concluded Nigeria - UK Suppliers Engagement programme sponsored by SNEPCo and its Co-venturers.
Osagie Okunbor, Chairman, Shell Companies in Nigeria and Managing Director of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC.) observed: “The striking feature of this year’s business summit is the presence of Nigerians in the diaspora in the UK delegation. It shows that, our engagements with Nigerians to take up opportunities back home in the oil and gas industry, is being well received, and this is good news for everybody.”
L-R: General Manager, Nigerian Content Development, Shell Nigeria, Chiedu Oba; Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) Administrator, Jumoke Oyedun; Head of Nigerian Content Development, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company of Nigeria, Austin Uzoka; PETAN Publicity Secretary Nik Odinuwe...at the just concluded Nigeria - UK Suppliers Engagement programme sponsored by SNEPCo and its Co-venturers.
The UK delegation also held networking meetings with their Nigerian counterparts which included several members of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN). “Shell has a long-term and continuing commitment to Nigeria, its people and the economy,” said Chiedu Oba, General Manager, Nigerian Content Development, Shell Nigeria in a welcome address. “One of the most significant ways we have delivered on that commitment is by increasing the participation of Nigerian companies and individuals in our supply chain and operations – to ensure that as many Nigerians as possible benefit from our activities and business.”
The General Manager Production PSC in the National Petroleum Investment and Management Services (NAPIMS) enjoined the participating companies to work towards taking advantage of upcoming opportunities in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. He reiterated the importance of local content in the growth of the Nigerian oil and gas industry. UKTI Director Chris Maskell thanked Shell for the continued support on the Nigeria-UK Supplier Engagement programme.
Also speaking at a reception organised by UKTI for the suppliers, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Contend Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Denzil Kentebe lauded the Shell initiative to foster partnerships that will help local vendors strengthen their technical capability.
SNEPCo initiated the Nigeria-UK Supplier Engagement programme in 2009, and has this led to some 27 partnerships between Nigerian and UK companies with another 43 partnership discussions progressing well. Shell Companies in Nigeria are major contributors to the national economy, not only through the energy they produce and the revenues generated, but also via achievements in supply chain, local content and social investment.
Issued by: Precious Okolobo
Corporate Media Relations Manager
+234 80702 65019
August 02, 2015.
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