25 June 2014, Lagos – The Nigerian Academy of Engineering has named Arco Petrochemical Engineering Company Plc in the Gold category of its Appreciation Award.
The honour was bestowed on the company during the Nigerian Academy of Engineering Technology Lecture in Lagos.
The outgoing President of the Academy, Prof. A. F. Ogunye described Arco as a reliable ally of the Academy in the efforts towards the realization of its objectives, adding that Arco has been steadfast in its support of the work of the Academy.
Arco Group’s Managing Director, Alfred Okoigun, said that the award was yet another fluffy feather to his company’s cap of honours.
He expressed his gratitude to the Nigerian Academy of Engineering for the Appreciation Award, especially in the Gold category, a spot that Arco shared with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
He said that Arco’s core business is engineering and so it is obligatory on the part of its management to be mindful of institutions that are dedicated to the promotion of engineering education and practice and offer its own widow’s mite to enable such institutions to act as catalysts in that endeavour.
He was particularly pleased that the Academy as a non-profit organization has been striving through thick and thin to influence the development and growth of the engineering profession in Nigeria.
As an engineering company, Okoigun said: “Arco believes in indigenous human capital development in all fields of human endeavours. I have always held the view that acquisition of science, technology and engineering education by increasing number of Nigerian youths is an imperative to moving our nation forward.”
He said that he has always suggested that Nigeria should join the league of nations that are net exporters of skilled labour.