The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo will declare open the forthcoming Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) conference in a fortnight.
The presence of federal government delegation will reinforce NGA’s desire to see the commitment of government towards ensuring that gas takes its pride of place in the country.
“Nigeria is slowly turning to gas as a primary driver of the nation’s development which is a further indication that the government has a prominent role to play”, said Bolaji Osunsanya, NGA President.
The theme of the conference, “Nigerian Gas Roadmap: Potential for Domestic, Regional and Global influence” according to industry stakeholders is quite apt for this period especially with the country’s interests in the West Africa Gas Pipeline, Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited and the challenges in the power sector both in Nigeria and immediate vicinity.
In a statement signed by the Association’s Publicity Secretary, NGA,Debo Fagbami, NGA said that “the conference will stimulate the much-needed conversation on a range of important and diverse perspectives regarding natural gas development and its economic benefits to Nigeria”.
The conference is also an opportunity for increased dialogue and cooperation between the association and all the stakeholders who play in the gas value chain to align with each other to ensure that Nigeria’s huge natural gas resources could be explored as the viable option to crude oil in the face of present economic realities.
Confirmed notable personalities and subject matter experts in the gas sector that will be speaking include; Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of NNPC; Clay Neff, Chairman of OPTS/Chairman of Chevron Nigeria; Tony Attah, Managing Director of NLNG; Demola Adeyemi-Bero, Managing Director of First E & P; Osagie Okunbor, Managing Director of SPDC and Jeff Corey, Chief Executive of Seven Energy among others.
The conference and the accompanying exhibition will attract over 500 senior executives from 43 energy, gas/electric companies, natural gas distribution, and transmission including diversified companies.
Since its inauguration in 1999, the association has continued to serve as a platform for major players and stakeholders to gain alignment and focus through constant deliberation on the activities of the gas industry in Nigeria.
The bi-annual gas conference, described by Bolaji Osunsanya, NGA President as “the biggest gathering of gas stakeholders in West Africa” is the sub-region’s leading business forum for market insights, emerging opportunities, products’ showcase and recognition of excellence in the gas value-chain. It features a strategic conference, networking sessions, dedicated industry exhibition and industry award dinner.