The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu and his counterpart in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, are expected to make policy statement on government’s plans for the economy, especially in the oil, gas and power sectors at the 2017 Association of Energy Correspondents of Nigeria’s (NAEC) annual conference.

The conference with the theme PIGB: Prospects and challenges to Nigerian oil and gas industry, will hold at Eko Hotel, Lagos, on August 17, by 9.00am.

This year’s conference has three panel sessions. The first session will focus on: Optimising local refining capacity: opportunities and challenges,” while the second panel session will look at “Implications of the bill to amend the NLNG Act,” and the third panel session will discuss: Power sector and liquidity challenge.”

The Keynote address and the Lead paper will be delivered by Kachikwu while the Group Managing Director, AITEO Production and Development Company Limited, Mr. Chike Onyejekwe. will be the chairman of the conference.

The Guest Speakers are the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Kachalla Baru.

Stakeholders in the oil and gas and power sectors, including International Oil Companies (IOCs), downstream oil and gas operators, independent producers, managers of the privatised power assets, among others, would also be in attendance. Outcome of the conference will set agenda and shape government’s policy in the energy sector.

Confirmed discussants include Dr. Frank Edozie, Managing Director, NECONDE Energy Limited; Mr. Anibor Kragha, Chief Operating Officer, Refineries, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC); Mr. Mordecai Ladan, Director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR); Mr. Abiodun Adesanya, President, Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explora-tionists, (NAPE); Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman, Integrated Oil and Gas Limited; Dr Saka Matemilola, Nigerian council chairman, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE); Mr. Austin Avuru, Managing Director, Seplat Petroleum Limited; Mr. Nicolas Terraz, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Total E&P Nigeria Limited and Mr. Muda Yusuf, Director-General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).

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