2017 Press Statement




July 08, 2017


Gentlemen and Ladies of the press, please accept my profound appreciation on behalf of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Nigeria Council for attending this briefing. 


The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Nigeria Council comprising Lagos, Port Harcourt, Warri, Benin and Abuja Sections is an affiliate of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) International, a not-for-profit professional organization with over 168,000 members worldwide. Our mission is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources and related technologies for the public benefit and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence. 

The Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) is an annual event organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Council. The conference and exhibition focuses mainly on collecting and encouraging the dissemination of technical knowledge and technologies relating to the oil and gas industry. It also provides an E&P market place for companies in Sub-Sahara Africa. In its over forty years, NAICE has grown to become the largest upstream technical knowledge focused Oil and Gas event in Africa. It attracts industry regulators, high level government officials, petroleum technology professionals at all levels and other key oil and gas industry stakeholders. It has sustained its tradition as a platform for discussion of pertinent issues across the oil and gas industry and has generated thoughts-provoking ideas that have shaped policies and practices for our industry.


Date:        Monday July 31, 2017 to Wednesday August 02, 2017

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Venue:       Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Theme:      “Riding the Waves of Boom and Bust: Common Objectives, Diverse Perspectives”


Highlights of NAICE 2017

Riding the waves of Boom and Bust: Common Objectives, Diverse Perspectives” will x-ray different stakeholders’ perspectives for addressing the challenges the industry currently faces and how to take the learnings forward. The current trend of oil price has shown that we should be looking at a ‘’lower for longer’’ operating model. Thus we will encourage discussions on key areas that contribute directly to production costs, from the perspectives of the regulators, operators and service providers with a view to take forward the shared best practices. A number of plenary sessions during the conference have been designed to dissect the theme further, to provide opportunities for a diverse team of industry technocrats, heads of government regulatory agencies from within Nigeria, Africa and beyond to share valuable insights.


Who will be making contributions?

The opening ceremony will have the following contributions to the theme:

Ministerial Address & Remarks by the Special Guest of Honour, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu – Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources

Industry Address & Remarks by the Special Guest, Dr. Maikanti K. Baru FNSE– Group Managing Director, NNPC

Special Guest Presentation by the 2017 SPE International President , Mrs. Janeen Judah, General Manager, Chevron’s Southern Africa Business Unit, Houston, Texas.

Remarks from Sponsors:

  • Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
  • Managing Director, SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company
  • Managing Director, Total E&P Nigeria
  • CEO, Dangote Group

Other Key Programs and Resource Persons include:

Topical Issues Workshop:

Topic:  Attaining Optimal Production and Profitability in the Development of Marginal Fields: Spotlight on Commingling, Challenges and Best Practices for Hydrocarbon Management

  • Dr. Emmanuel O. Egbogah, OON, Chairman, Emerald Energy
  • Mr. Mordecai Ladan, Director, DPR
  • Mr. Henry Oki, MD, Halliburton Energy Services Nigeria Limited
  • Dr. Adeola BAMGBOYE, Director of Laboratory Services, Lighthouse Petroleum
  • Mr. Ifeanyi Nwagbogu, Group Managing Director, Schlumberger
  • Ayodele Ofi, Advisor, Integrated Production Technology, Baker Hughes Geosciences & Petroleum Engineering
  • Goke Akinrinmade O., GM Dev. Onshore & Shallow Offshore/ Petroleum Engineering Manager, SPDC
  • Mr. Felix Amieye-Ofori, MD/CEO, Energia Company Limited
  • Mr. Chidi Amudo, CTO, Newcross Limited


Panel Session 1:

Topic: Transforming Africa's Petroleum Industry for Operational Excellence

  • Bello Rabiu, COO, E&P, NNPC
  • Hon. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, Ghanaian Ministry of Energy
  • Mr. Osayande Igiehon, Président Directeur Général (PDG)/Country Chair, Shell Gabon
  • Mr. Ifeanyi Nwagbogu, GMD, Schlumberger
  • Engr. Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, NCDMB
  • Dr. Aliyu Bello Gusau, Executive Secretary, PTDF
  • Prof. Joseph Ajienka, Emmanuel Egbogah Chair of Petroleum Engineering, University of Port Harcourt


Panel Session 2:

Topic: Impact of Cycle of Oil & Gas Boom & Glut: Economic Imperatives and Opportunities

  • Mr. Egbert Imomoh, 2013 SPE International President & Chairman, InvestmentOne
  • Mr. Bayo Ojulari, MD, SNEPCo
  • Prof. Wumi Iledare, Emmanuel Egbogah Distinguished Professor and Director of Emerald Energy Institute, University of Port Harcourt
  • Mr. Gbenga Onadeko, Senior VP, Welltec A/S
  • Mrs. Cecilia Aqua-Umoren, MD, MOGCL
  • Mr. Akin Akinfemiwa, Group CEO, Forte Oil Plc
  • Mrs. Oritsemeyiwa Eyesan, GM Planning, NNP NAPIMS


Young Professionals Workshop:

Topic: Thriving in Boom and Bust Cycles: Strategies and Options for the Young Professionals

  • Mrs. Olajumoke Ajayi, MD Asharami Energy
  • Mr. Kanayo  Adesina Odoe, GM, NIPEX
  • Mr. Olalekan Busola Abiola, Technical Advisor to NNPC GMD
  • Mr. Mathew Ndiana, Snr Mgr. Corporate Communications, Aiteo Energy Resources Limited
  • Mr. Tomide Togun, Central Africa Manager Landmark Halliburton Software & Services
  • Prof. Wumi Iledare, Director of Emerald Energy Institute for Petroleum Economics, Management and Strategic Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Engr. Alek Musa, MD/CEO Flowgrids Nigeria Limited,
  • Engr. Lucky Akhiwu, MD/CEO Oilflow Services Nigeria Limited

 Women Development Program:

  • Topic: Women in Leadership: Aspire, Invest, Achieve
  •  Engr. (Mrs.) Nnoli Akpedeye FNSE, FNICE, PMP, FMP MD/CEO, Perfectus Laundi
  • Mrs. Olajumoke Adenowo, Principal Consultant, AD Consulting Limited
  • Ms. Efundoyin Akinyanju, CEO, GE Oil & Gas West and Central Africa
  • Dr. Ibilola Amao, Principal Consultant of Lonadek
  • Mr. Okey Okoli, Business Development Manager, Halliburton Energy Services
  • Dr. Mrs. Agatha Berth-Nnanji, Managing Director, Geometric Power


The NAICE 2017 will provide delegates a broad range of programmes, such as:

  1. Technical paper session with presentation and discussion on over 130 peer reviewed papers, across 24 disciplines
  2. 6 technical courses to be delivered by top industry experts
  3. 3-day exhibition featuring latest technologies, service offerings and innovative solutions by over 60 participating companies
  4. Panel discussion sessions and workshops featuring top industry executives, covering topical issues, development of women professionals, young professionals, as well as students
  5. Awards dinners to recognise and celebrate professional excellence and exemplary contributions to the oil and gas industry
  6. A 3-day family outing filled with learning and fun activities for kids and spouses   
  7. A platform for networking with policy makers, industry experts and top executives, who shape the oil and gas industry.
  8. I encourage you all to partner with SPE in full coverage of these events through effective reporting.

Thank you once again for your time and attention


Dr. Saka Matemilola,

2017 SPE Nigeria Council Chairman