Nigerians in Diaspora to explore opportunities in local oil, gas sector


Managing Director, SNEPCo, Tony Attah

There are indications that Nigerians in Diaspora are now gathering interest in exploring opportunities in the local oil and gas market, even as they are keen to repatriate their richly endowed skills to support their motherland.

Indeed, no fewer than 270 personnel representing Nigerian companies within and outside the country, who gathered at a business summit in Abredeen, indicated interest to repatriate skills and experience to the domestic oil and gas industry

The summit, organized by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company of Nigeria Limited (SNEPCo) tagged: “The global Nigerian is the third in Europe’s oil and gas hub”, was themed: “Networking and Collaboration as a tool for national development and growth”.

The Managing Director, SNEPCo, Tony Attah, said: “When, in 2013, we set out with the initiative for local companies to collaborate with Nigerian experts in Aberdeen on opportunities and challenges in the Nigeria oil and gas industry, we knew this would be a game changer. Today, we can say that the game changer is beginning to take shape as Nigerians have started returning home to set up businesses.”

A representative of the Nigerian High Commission, Hassan Hassan said: “This is the right time for our experts based abroad to return home to make a contribution and be part of the success story.”

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Denzil Kentebe, commended Shell on both the global Nigerian and partnership facilitation programme and confirmed the board’s continuing support for both initiatives.

The Deputy Manager, Reservoir Management and Evaluation, Joint Venture oil operations, at the Nigerian National Petroleum Investment and Management Services (NAPIMS), Mrs. Martina Atuchi told the experts: “We are inviting you to be part of the leading economy in Africa with a lot of untapped hydrocarbon resources.”

General Manager, Nigerian Content Development, Shell Nigeria, Chiedu Oba, gave a progress report on the decisions of The Global Nigerian since the first business summit in Aberdeen in 2013, said several Nigerians had returned home to establish businesses in the oil and gas sector, while networking had continued on a collaboration portal which recorded more than 12,000 visitors every month by the 60 registered companies and users.

The participants agreed that the return of a significant number of Nigerian oil and gas professionals could make a ‘game changing’ impact on the efficient delivery of many opportunities that exist in the upstream, mid-stream and downstream sectors. They also suggested the need for low interest rates to boost the growth of the companies.

The Global Nigerian 2015 was enthusiastically supported by government and industry leaders including representatives from Nigeria’s leading oil and gas trade organisation PETAN and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).

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