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Confab to address Niger Delta security issues, others


The Minister of State for Pretroleum Resources Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu PHOTO: TWITTER/NNPC

The Minister of State for Pretroleum Resources Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu PHOTO: TWITTER/NNPC

One of the major areas of focus at the Biennial International Health, Safety and Environment Conference, (HSE) 2016, is the issue of security in the Niger Delta.

To this end, the conference chairperson, Onyebuchi Sibeudu disclosed that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, would lead discussant on the issue.

Sibeudu, who disclosed this during a news conference in Lagos, said the minister in his keynote address to the conference will intimate participants on the latest development in the area and possible way out, as security is key in the oil and gas industry.

The event, which is set to hold between November 28 and 30, 2016 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, is the 17th in the series of the biennial conference in Nigeria.

Sibeudu said the theme of the conference is: “Integrated Security Approaches, New Strategies and the Way to Go in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.”

She also noted that the conference seeks to provide a platform that would tackle HSE issues arising from exploration and production, which has to do with finding and producing oil and gas, downstream (marketing and distribution) and other related activities.

She added that the conference is also a forum for promoting and entrenching a safe and environmentally sustainable oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

Sebeudu remarked that the conference has other sub themes in the areas of improving process safety culture and productivity in the oil and gas industry, burden of securing the Nigerian oil and gas sector and a host of others.

Commenting on the issue of illegal filling stations, she noted that “downstream players are trying to deal with the issue and some papers in the course of the conference would look at that and also tackle the challenges of HSE compliance.”

She advanced that some of the filling station owners do not even come to Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), the industry regulator before commencing constructions.

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