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At Edo symposium, vice-chancellor tasks stakeholders on clean energy, gas flaring

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The Vice-Chancellor of Igbinedion University Okada (IUO), Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, at the weekend harped on ways to harness the numerous benefits in the oil and gas industry for meaningful living by Nigerians.

The administrator, therefore, urged members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Council to end gas flaring in the country.

The professor of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Forensics made the remark during the SPE’s Students Technical Symposium and Exhibition (STSE) hosted by the university in Edo State.

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The don noted that gas flaring and other environmental challenges pose a great threat to humanity and society at large.

“SPE, you must join in this pursuit that gas flaring is eliminated in this country because of its hazardous effect.

“No oil and gas activities take place without environmental cost. Why control is necessary, mitigation remains a viable option,” he said.

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Recalling the journey to the securing of the hosting right of this year’s edition of STSE by university chapter of the SPE with the theme, “Exploring Cleaner Oil and Gas Production Technology for Sustainable Global Energy Industry”, Ezemonye described the programme as a grand slam for many years.

He added that the platform provides students with opportunities to unlock their potentials and compete for greatness.

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“The fundamental objective of the Students Technical Symposium and Exhibition (STSE) powered by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigerian Council is to build up a strong future for students who are going to be the industry leaders,” he clarified.

The don asserted that the founder and chancellor of IUO, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, is a stakeholder in the education sector as well as the oil and gas industry.

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In his speech, president of SPE Nigeria Council, Joseph Nwakue, said as professionals, they were concerned about producing oil and gas in a most environmentally sensitive manner that leaves behind a sustainable system for children unborn.

“We are not an irresponsible industry. We are an industry that is sensitive to its environment, and that intends to leave a sustainable system for our children.

“Our business is to make sure we produce oil and gas in the most environmentally sensible manner, produce and use oil and gas in the most environmentally sensible manner,” he stated.

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