State of Play: The Trailblazing Path of an Illustrious Geoscientist
The NAPE Special Technical Session in Honour of Professor Oluwafeyisola Sylvester Adegoke, fnape @ 80 took place at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday July 12, 2017.
The Programme featured three technical papers and a tribute as follows:
1. Refinement of the Stratigraphic Framework of the Niger Delta
By Ajibola Oyebamiji, Coordinator, Geosciences Research, Development & Knowledge Management, Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC)
2. MOS Energy (A Journey in Upstream E & P Entrepreneurship)
By Dayo Adegoke, Managing Director, MOS Energy Company
3. Petroleum Systems of Nigeria’s Cretaceous Sedimentary Basins -Insights and the future
By Dr.Kehinde Ladipo, fnape, FNMGS, FAS, Senior Exploration Advisor, Lekoil
Emeritus Professor & Mrs. O. S. Adegoke fnape with some NAPE Executive members. Left to right, Mr. Emmanuel Egbele, Mr. Ajibola Oyebamiji, Mr. Abiodun Adesanya fnape, Mr. Andrew Ejayeriese fnape, Mrs. Nonny Nwogbo, Mr. Alex Tarka and Ms. Iyabo Sindiku fnape
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NAPE gracefully celebrated the 80th birthday of Professor Oluwafeyisola Sylvester Adegoke on July 12, 2017 with a fascinating special technical session at the Grandball Room, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. The birthday was a pivotal means to celebrate an older colleague and mentor who have taken the passion, pains and struggle to promote excellence in geosciences, through constant contributions to knowledge and manpower development of credible individuals to learn and take lead of similar responsibilities. His company Mosunmolu is one of the pioneering servicing companies that were focused on core sample analysis.
Welcome Address: Mr Biodun Adesanya gave welcome remarks of all the guests present. In his speech he gave his early experience of how he intended to study architecture but ended up studying Geology with the directive of Prof. Adegoke. He recognized the presence of all NAPE fellows, present and past NAPE executives, NAPE members, lecturers and students.
Recognition of Sponsors by the President: Platform Petroleum, Waltersmith Petroman, Energy and Mineral Resources, Africa Oil and Gas, Degeconek
Recognitions of Special Guests by the President: Prof. Ekweozor, Mr. Jim Orife fnape, Mr. Austin Avuru fnape, Mr. Osten Olorunshola fnape, Chief. Wole Ariyo, Dr. E. A. Avoho, Chief Tunde Afolabi fnape
Dr. Ebi Omatsola was the chairman of the session and he took charge from Mr Biodun by welcoming the first presenter, Mr Ajibola Oyebamiji to make his technical presentation.
First Presentation: “Refinement of the Stratigraphic Framework of Niger Delta” By Ajibola Oyebamiji, Coordinator, Geosciences Research, Development and Knowledge Management, Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC). Ajibola, who is also a representative of Stratcom started his presentation by stating his experiences with Prof Adegoke. He said that Prof. Adegoke is a father, mentor and uncle to him. In his presentation he stressed the significance of companies and government coming to NAPE and not NAPE always going after companies and government agencies to contribute to their growth. The need for the unified stratigraphic framework is to resolve and produce a single unified stratigraphic report of the Niger Delta that will serve as a standard for companies with different stratigraphic codes and nomenclatures. The report was formed with a long term dedicated effort of seven companies. The result of the studies was published with Elsevier with the title of the paper as Cenozoic Foraminifera Biostratigraphy of the Niger Delta.
He ended his presentation with the idiom “My many firsts with my Boss”. Here he increases his tone, that he started his career with Mosunmolu under Prof. Adegoke. He was promoted to Technical Manager within two years. His first car was sponsored by Prof. Adegoke. His first scholarship to Britain to further his study in Biostratigraphy was sponsored by Prof. Adegoke. He had to realize that most of his greatest achievements were earmarked under the aegis of Prof. Adegoke.
Second Presentation: “MOS Energy (A Journey in Upstream E&P Entrepreneurship)” By Dayo Adegoke, Managing Director, MOS Energy Company. Dayo presented a history of MOS Energy and how it evolved from Mosunmolu. The company became a midstream firm in 2001 and currently focuses on gas processing plants, captive power generation, LPG retail and renewables. Dayo is an astute business manager and he is taking gleans from Austin Avuru as advised by his father.
Third Presentation: “Petroleum Systems of Nigeria’s Cretaceous Sedimentary Basins – Insights and the Future” By Dr. Kehinde Ladipo, FNAPE, FNMGS, FAS, Senior Exploration Advisor, Lekoil. To begin his presentation, he shared his experiences with Prof. Adegoke. Prof Adegoke was the first person who dragged me to Houston to present a paper on the cretaceous plays. This paper was put together by Kehinde, Adegoke and Omatsola. He ignited the exploration interest of most Nigeria explorationist. He continued his presentation by listing the various jobs Prof. Adegoke has done. Prof Adegoke has written more than 350 monograms and his publication on Nigeria sedimentary basins is beyond 200. A highlight of few of the completed research and projects by Prof Adegoke and some completed jointly with Dr Kehinde are:
Cretaceous basin – significant unidentified potentials still exist
Dahomey basin petroleum system (ii) – Tar sands, SW Nigeria
Bitumen mining and exploitation
Bornu Basin – Integrated prospectivity review
Workshop with Peter Veil e.t.c.
He presented a lot of pictoral representation of their findings in some of their joint projects. He further went on to say that Prof. Adegoke’s footprint spread around the edges of the country. “There is still a lot of hidden knowledge in your library, but we hope that we all will be able to exploit and learn from this. I acknowledge you for spurring me to think more about the inland sedimentary basins and making more information available for review”.
Questions and Contributions
There is need to re-orientate the industry for the future of the young ones. If Prof Adegoke was able to train and mentor a lot of young geoscientists, there is need that more should be replicated by the current industry leaders to younger geoscientists.
NAPE needs to collaborate with SPE and NMGS to promote future geoscientists to start looking out for other opportunities outside oil and gas, especially the solid minerals sector. Example of such include the iron and steel industry.
There is need for more experienced professionals to look out for the growth of brilliant young geoscientists, continuously encouraging and possibly financially supporting them to become great geoscientist. The NAPE UAP Grant-in-aid is an avenue to financially support students.
Tribute to Prof Adegoke
- Personal reminiscences about an Outstanding Earth Science Professional and a role model (academician, industry professional and multiple national and international award winner) By Dr Ebi Omatsola, FNAPE, Former Chief Executive, Conoil Producing.
- I matriculated when he was in final year. Prof Adegoke is a stauch academician, researcher and a perfect gentleman By Chief Wole Ariyo.
- First time I met him was in 1966 and it has been a great experience with Prof. Adegoke By Muyiwa Olawoki, Managing Director and Chief Consultant At Geospectra Nigeria Limited.
Cutting of Birthday Cake/Presentation of Birthday Card/Lunch: The cutting of the cake was done by Prof. Adegoke with the support of his family members, NAPE fellows and executives. Birthday cards and gifts were presented to Prof. Adegoke and lunch was served for all present.
Appreciation/Response from Prof O. S. Adegoke
He started by appreciating all that made it a priority to attend the session. He recalled the intriguing part of his early days as a PhD student and narrated briefly saying, when I started my PhD , my interest was to focus on my thesis, but my professor told me to calm down, you are here to learn how to research. The most memorable day of my life was when I got the news that my paper was accepted for publication in an international journal. I have worked with a lot of brilliant industry professionals and it has been enjoyable. I have learnt from all, both my colleagues and students. I appreciate all your tributes and support. You have to cope with me for the next 20 years to continue actively and passively in this career.
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