Niger Delta Exploration & Production Plc (NDEP) was proud to support the 8th Aret Adams Annual Lecture, in honor of the memory of Late Chief Aret Adams, its pioneer founding Chairman.
The Lecture, held on the 2nd March 2011, allowed many distinguished industry professionals, the family of Late Chief Aret Adams, students and well wishers to gather in his memory. Guests included his Royal Majesty, Major Gen. Felix A. Majakperuo, ably represented by the Honorable Justice Dennis Iwehea, the Ototo of Okpe Kingdom, Mr. Egbert Imomoh, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Aret Adams Foundation and the family of the Late Chief Aret Adams.
The Lecture also provided a forum for key public and industry figures to present a topic of national importance, designed to empower Nigerians from all walks of life. The Lectures focus on areas for which the Late Chief’s ideas were renowned. The theme and speaker chosen for the 2011 lecture was not an exception, as the guest speaker, the Honorable Minister of Petroleum Resources. Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke addressed the audience on Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry: its Growth Post PIB.
Her address gave an insider’s comment on the progress of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), and described what will be included in the new law, its benefits, and the inevitability of deregulation. Mrs Alison-Madueke also gave a hopeful date for the passing of the Bill, April 2011. The 2011 lecture was sponsored by British Gas (BG); represented by its MD, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi-Bero, who also graced the occasion.
During the course of the Lecture, organised by the Aret Adams Foundation, the contributions made by Late Chief Aret Adams to the oil and gas industry were fondly remembered, as were the values he championed during his lifetime. The values of education and empowerment were acknowledged at the Lecture through the granting of scholarship awards to three post graduate geology students. These awards were bestowed by the Aret Adams Foundation and cheques were presented by Mrs. Izarene Adams and Mrs Alison-Madueke.
‘Late Chief Aret Adams was a friend and mentor to many people, from all walks of life, not least of all myself’, said Dr ‘Layi Fatana, MD, NDEP. ‘Without the vision and input of Late Chief Aret Adams, I would not be where I am today; neither would the Company that I represent be in existence. He has left a wonderful legacy that has touched so many people.
‘Supporting the 8th Aret Adams Lecture Series is a privilege, a small token to acknowledge the memory of a dear friend and colleague. Chief Aret Adams’s dream of establishing Nigeria’s first publically owned indigenous oil company, through the pioneering of marginal fields, became NDEP. It was a pleasure to work alongside him for so many years. We are also grateful to all other organsations who have supported the Aret Adams Foundation and its Annual Lecture Series through the years. ’