13 April 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos — The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has reiterated its commitment to partnering with local investors to grow engineering profession in the country and also ensure the technological advancement of the country’s oil and gas industry.
In a statement in Abuja, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Maikanti Baru, stated this during the induction ceremony of the Group Managing Director of ARCO Group, Engr. Alfred Irabor Okoigun, with the Honourary Fellowship of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE).
“NNPC will continue to support ARCO Group and many other indigenous companies alike so that your story and the story of others will continue to be savoured by generations yet unborn,” Baru stated.
Baru congratulated Okoigun on his fellowship by the country’s foremost engineering academy, stating that he is a leading example in the development and promotion of engineering education in the country.
“This fellowship is a testament to your distinguished leadership and contribution to the Engineering profession as well as your outstanding achievements and contributions towards the well-being of the society at large,” Baru added.
He also commended the NAE for promoting policies that ensure the advancement of Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation for a better economy and society.
He said in the academy’s twenty-one years of existence, it has proven to be the national “Think Tank” for Engineering and Technology, adding that “we in the NNPC are proud to be associated with you.”
Also speaking, President of the NAE, Mrs. J. O. Maduka described the fellowship conferred on Engr. Okoigun as well-deserved following his contributions to the development of Engineering education in Nigeria.
She charged him to be a good ambassador of the Academy by striving to do more for the Engineering profession as several young engineers are looking up to him for his remarkable achievements.
In his lecture at the occasion, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe called on innovators in the Engineering profession to look towards providing solutions that would make the world a better place to for all.