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Ambode, Obaseki to attend MARAN Seminar on Local Content Development

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki
Lagos State Gov., Akinwunmi Ambode 

The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, and his Edo State counterpart, Godwin
Obaseki are among stakeholders who
are expected to speak at a two-day
sensitisation seminar on local content development in the oil and gas and
shipping industry,  a program organised by the Maritime Reporters
Association of Nigeria (MARAN) 

Secretary General of MARAN,
Mr. Dapo Olawuni in a press statement issued at the weekend
, said that the event is targeted at encouraging Nigerians to be fully
integrated in the oil and gas logistics operation particularly in the upstream

He noted that a special
focus is being placed on the EGINA Floating Production Storage and Offloading
(FPSO) platform recently delivered by TOTAL Nigeria Limited.
The two-day seminar tagged
“Local Content Development in Shipping, Oil and Gas Logistics Operations in
Nigeria” is billed to hold on 21st and 22nd of August 2018 at the Rockview
Hotel in Apapa Lagos. 
Already, he said that the
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has indicated his interest to
participate in the program as the state has recently joined the list of oil
producing states in Nigeria.
In the same vein, Olawuni
said special focus is equally on Edo State, which has signed a memorandum of
understanding with a consortium of Chinese and African companies for the
construction of a 5,500 barrel per day modular refinery, states first
Maritime and Oil and Gas
dignitaries billed to speak at the event includes the Executive Secretary of
Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring board, Mr Simbi Wabote, Group
Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations, Maikanti Baru,
the Managing Director of Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, Umunna Okon Umunna,
as well as the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and
Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dakuku Peterside.
Others are; Managing
Director of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) Mrs Emmy Jadesinmi,
Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Management Services
(NAPIMS) Mr. Roland Ewubare, Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority
(NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman, Nigerian Association of Master Mariners, Nigerian
Shipowners Association (NISA) among others. 
The MARAN secretary, Mr.
Olawuni stated that “As maritime journalists, we believe that the benefits
of Nigeria’s participation in the oil and gas logistics operation would add to
the multiplier effects in employment opportunities, capacity building,
technology transfer, cost-saving and reduction in capital flight.
“It will in addition
make Nigeria an oil and gas hub in the West African subaregion.” 
Olawuni also said that the
event would further showcase the importance of the shipping sector to the oil
and gas industry and the need for more Nigerians to be aware and take advantage
of opportunities in the local content law,  the Cabotage Act among others.
He added that MARAN as the
umbrella body of all maritime journalists in Nigeria, the association has
existed in the past 30 years, thus carrying out the noble objective
of agenda-setting for critical stakeholders and the Federal Government towards
enhancing policy formulation and implementation.

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