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‘How to support those who lost their jobs due to COVID-19’

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Supporting those who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 pandemic is an antidote to helping the victims recover quickly from being emotionally traumatised.
 
Human Resource (HR) experts urged organisations to always stay true to their values, and also take the wellbeing of employees as a critical factor amid the COVID-19 crisis.
 
They argued that it is important to help those affected by the pandemic to redefine their realities, know what their key strengths are, and what they have that they can leverage for the future.
 

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General Manager, Human Resources, Seplat Petroleum Development Company, Alero Onosode, said this during an AOGS Energy Resources Limited – organised webinar, tagged: “COVID-19 and the Future of the Oil and Gas Industry: The Human Capital Perspective.”
 
She spoke on the need to help victims through financial and social support that allows them to feel, in a much better and positive position to enable them to face the uncertainty of the future that is still ahead.
 
She added that it is also important to help them create networks and connect them to people who might be in related fields.
 
These, Onosode maintained, are to enable them to stay afloat as quickly as possible, to avoid depression and other negative stories associated with it.
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Meanwhile, Executive Consultant, Newcross/Pan Ocean E & P, Dr. Felix Aimieyeofori, during the programme, spoke extensively on issues affecting the oil and gas sector and the way forward.
   
He spoke about how COVID-19 has exposed the world and Nigeria as a whole that it is no longer needs to depend on oil for sustenance.
   
According to him, there is an urgent need for diversification away from oil, and the need for government to urgently sign the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) for policy directions in the sector.
 
The oil and gas expert also talked about why security cost is a major input in the overall cost of production of crude in Nigeria and advocated for modular refineries to help tackle crude oil theft and insecurity in the oil and gas sector.
 
He said: “It was not like this before. It started and has escalated into its own industry. Security in the oil and gas is now a separate industry. People have invested heavily in it, and you can’t even understand who is behind it. It is all interconnected.
 
“The government has to sit down and look at the cost of production that is coming from security in the sector. Government should come up with more modular refineries. It is not only about the security cost but oil theft. About 30 per cent of oil is stolen and the cost of securing the facility; if you add all that together it is far too much. There are efforts at the federal level to solve this, and if done urgently, the crude theft will go, and the high-security theft will go too.”

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