Remembering an Icon and Beacon: Late Chief Aret Adams 10th Year Memorial

Nigeria Delta Exploration & Production (NDEP) and its fully owned subsidiary, Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Ltd (NDPR), recently held a series of events to commemorate the 10th Year Memorial of its Pioneer Chairman, Late Chief Aret Adams (February 27th 1938 – August 7th 2002).

On the 7th August 2012, a Remembrance Lunch was held, and on 8th of August 2012, a Five-a-Side Football Match took place, with NDEP Plc playing against another Nigerian Independent Operating Company, Walter Smith Petroman Oil Limited, to honour its late Chairman.

The Lunch, while a somber affair, gave guests the opportunity to gather and share their fond memories of Late Chief Aret Adams, from their diverse personal and professional relationships, experiences and rich memories of the man with a large heart. This demonstrated that even ten years after his death, the memory of Late Chief Aret Adams continues to be treasured. Furthermore, it was evident that his legacy had and continues to inspire many within the industry and beyond. Many are inspired to live out his virtues, give back to society and to promote positive professional and Nigerian capacity building. Many also recalled his approach to work, his friendliness and the vision he bequeathed to NDEP, which the Company is pursuing in a relentless and sustained manner.

Representatives from the Family of Late Chief Aret Adams attended the Lunch. Ten carefully selected speakers included Eng Dr. (Mrs) Maduka, a former Director of NNPC, a string of former Group Managing Directors (GMDs) of NNPC – Chief Chambers Oyibo,Former, Dr. Gaius Jackson Obaseki, Dr. Funsho Kupolokun, A former Group General Manager NAPIMS – Eng Dr. Greg Ero, A former Managing Director of the Warri and Kaduna Refineries – Eng. Jide Soyode, Mr. Bayo Akinpelu, Former General Manager Development and Executive Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Chief Sunday John Edokpolor – Chairman Edo Petroleum Ltd, Mr Sammy Olagbaju, a Former founding Director of NDEP and Mr Ben Osuno (FNAPE, FNMGS) the Successor Chairman of the Board of NDEP from and upon the death of late Chief Aret Adams and until his recent retirement from the Board on the 31th May 2012.

Mr. Austin Avuru, Managing Director of Seplat Petroleum Ltd, anchored (as Master of Ceremonies) the lunch time event. Mr. Seye Fadahunsi – Executive Director Pillar Oil Ltd added the voice of the young professionals in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry in eulogizing the rare qualities of the man being celebrated.

Conversely, the Five-a-Side Football Match was a more informal though vigorously contested event, with both sides vocally cheering their teams towards victory. As expected, only one team emerged victorious! NDEP’s team, The Delta Boys were cheered on to a resounding 3-1 victory by a dedicated support team comprising Management and the entire Lagos Staff. Playing against Walter Smith’s football team, ‘The Imo boys”, and ably led by Delta Boys team Captain, Richard Ezeife, NDEP Legal Officer, the winning team demonstrated the fruits of their preparation and dedicated training sessions, to the stunning dismay of the seemingly aggressive Imo boys. The maturity and experience of the Delta Boys made the difference.

Dr. ‘Layi Fatona, MD, NDEP Plc, said, ‘Honoring the 10th Year Anniversary of Late Chief Aret Adams has been a bittersweet occasion. While we sadly remember his passing, we can derive comfort from his wonderful memory and legacy, which continues to inspire staff who had the privilege of knowing and working with him and other Nigerians who can but only read today of his enduring legacies today. I would like to thank everyone who came to honour Late Chief Aret Adams on this anniversary, especially the Walter Smith team, for being such good sportsmen.’

Both the Remembrance Lunch and Five –a –Side Football Match are part of a wider programme to commemorate the 10th Year Anniversary of Late Chief Aret Adams. More events, including an essay writing competition for Senior

Secondary Schools in Edo State and an endowment of equipment for Ikabigbo Secondary School, Auchi, Edo State will hold in Q4 2012, at the commencement of the new School year.


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