Mr. Oladeji Olaoti, Deputy Secretary General; Mr. Akachukwu Nwokedi, President; Engr. Chukwuemeka Iheme, Financial Secretary; Mr. Ikenna Ikonta, Publicity Secretary; Mr. Ikenna Ikonta, Legal Adviser and Mr, Ed Ubong, immediate past President/MD, Shell Nigeria Gas; at the recent inauguration of the newly constituted Executive Council of the Nigerian Gas Association in Abuja.
The Nigerian Gas Association, NGA, the apex organisation, representing the varied and numerous stakeholders in the gas sector within the Nigerian oil and gas industry, has inaugurated its Executive Council for 2022-2024.
The new council members were formally inaugurated at the NGA Dinner & Awards night on April 19, 2023, in Abuja, Nigeria, with Mr. Akachukwu Nwokedi, General Counsel/Company Secretary, Nigeria LNG Limited; as the President.
The Executive Council also has Mrs. Yetunde Taiwo, General Manager, Integrated Gas Development, First Exploration and Petroleum Development Company Limited, and Mr. Olufisayo Duduyemi, Chief Strategy Officer, Axxela Limited; as First Vice President and Second Vice President respectively.
It also has Dr. Excel Ukpohor, Train 7 Project Non-Technical Interface Lead, Nigeria LNG Limited, and Mr. Oladeji Olaoti, Manager, New Business, Falcon Corporation Limited; as Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General respectively.
The Executive Council further has Engr. Chukwuemeka Iheme, Lifting Coordinator of Oil Mining Lease, OML 42, Amaranta Oil & Gas Development Company, as Financial Secretary; while Mr. Ikenna IKONTA, Head, Integrity and Optimization for Common Facilities, Nigeria LNG Limited and Ms. Clare Ohiro, Associate, Templars; serve as Publicity Secretary and Legal Adviser respectively.
Mr, Ed Ubong, Past President/MD, Shell Nigeria Gas Limited, and Engr Chichi Emenike, Past Secretary/ General Head, Gas Ventures, Neconde Energy Limited; serve in the Council as Ex-Officio Members.
The inauguration was well-attended by leading chief executive officers, CEOs of International Oil Companies, IOCs, in Nigeria as well as key distinguished government officials.
In his acceptance speech as the new President of the NGA, Mr. Aka Nwokedi began by reminiscing on his NGA journey, from his involvement in the initial registration of the NGA in 1999 as its first Legal Advisor, to holding varying roles over the last 20 years, culminating in his current role as the President of the NGA.
He noted that this is an exciting time to be a member of the NGA, due to global socio-political issues, gas supply challenges, the energy crisis, and global the drive for a net zero future that is not only on the front burner in Nigeria but globally.
He also noted that the Decade of Gas agenda was timely in Nigeria’s nation-building efforts, for which the NGA will play a key role in helping to unlock the potential the industry has to offer.
He emphasized that the strength of the NGA was in its vast membership base which had been built up with the help of past presidents, notably Ed Ubong and Audrey Joe-Ezigbo.
Looking forward, he stated that the new council is committed to strengthening its advocacy role, helping to shape industry policies, building stronger ties with the International Gas Union, IGU and regional gas associations to promote collaboration, building up industry knowledge and capacity through our various programmes as well as ensure the efficient delivery of the Decade of Gas agenda.
He said the NGA will collaborate to drive diversity, equality and inclusiveness, particularly the increased participation of women in the technical areas of our industry. This will be done via a new study group, which will be led by Engr. Chichi Emenike.
He rounded off his remarks by thanking the past president for his exemplary leadership and exhorted the members on the need to work together to resolve all key issues to deliver an enabling business, fiscal and regulatory environment.
Lastly, he thanked NGA’s sponsors for their unflinching support, the outgoing council for all their efforts and urged everyone to support the NGA to achieve its advocacy goals for the good of the country.
The NGA is the largest gas-focused volunteer/individual-member organization, the umbrella association and the voice of the gas industry in Nigeria as well as a chartered member of the IGU.