It gives me great pleasure to write to you, once again. We are in the second half of the year and there is no better time than the present to review our stewardship over the last six months; as well as brace up with renewed vigor for the challenges that lie ahead of us in the rest of 2016 and beyond.
In my first letter as President of our association, I articulated a clear and succinct agenda of the strategy, the roadmap and key milestones to be achieved. The inevitable slowing down of the economy occasioned by the adverse crude oil prices regime still persists. We are however fortified by the conviction that tough times don’t last, but tough people do. The economic situation, more particularly in relation to our plan to deliver superior service, institutional reforms, improve infrastructure, establish good governance and enhance overall membership experience, confronts us with factors which are matters of grave concern. I assure you these matters are engaging the attention of the Executive Committee. To members that have been affected by the various resizing / downsizing exercises, I still beseech you to continue to keep your heads up as there is light at the end of the tunnel. Henry Ford founder of Ford Motor Company, wrote ‘When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
We have witnessed lately a near stability of oil prices around the make or break $50 threshold. There is still much to be hoped for. A number of the palliatives and options we promised to deploy to help ease the attendant bites of the losses and cut backs are already on stream. Some of these include
1. Career Centre that will help with job postings.
2. A one-off ‘’Graduated dues’’ payment scheme for members. Details will be in my next communication. This will however have to pass through the rigors of the AGM.
3. Online Training Platform to help retool the professional careers of members will kick-off in Q3
4. Commencement of the much anticipated Healthcare scheme. This is set to go live by mid-August with Zenith Medicare as NAPE’s Healthcare provider
The Healthcare enlightenment campaigned was flagged off in Warri Chapter on June 30. Our next stop will be Port Harcourt chapter on July 27 followed by Abuja, Benin, Lagos and University of Ibadan in August. Details of the coverage and network of Zenith Medicare, the Healthcare provider as well as application forms can be downloaded from the NAPE website http://www.nape.org.ng/news/general-news/item/232-nape-health-management-organizations-hmo-takeoff. The healthcare scheme caters to various categories of membership; from students to active/associates, corporate members and retirees. I seize this opportunity to express my personal thanks and that of our association to members of the HMO review committee (Jibola, Doris, Alex, Tunbosun, Jade, Obinna, Elliot, Tony and Lawrence). They worked round the clock to move the process to where it is today. A personal satisfaction for me is that regardless of the nature or type of employment, affordable first class Healthcare services for members and their dependents can now be accessed through NAPE. (see poster of summary below) My personnel commitment will be to mobilize many senior industry operatives to contribute to a pool that will aim to subsidize and support students and junior members to partake in this program and good news is I have already started the engagement
The NAPE Foundation is currently being revamped to serve the purposes it was originally conceived for. We have reintroduced the minimum annual N2000 foundation dues for members and have concluded plans to reinvigorate the NAPE Grants-in-Aid support for university students. It was Lyndon Johnson, a former American President who said “There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few we can solve ourselves’’. Our seniors and retirees will be encouraged to donate their works, papers, books, time, gifts and assist with sponsorship of YPs and students.
We shall strive to remain relevant in the legislative processes for the development and enactment of the laws that regulate the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. Silence and non-participation is not an option. Our capacities and resources may be limited, but our voice must not be muted. In June we initiated a forum for subtle advocacy where CEOs/senior industry operatives and top government personnel rub minds and thoughts on ideas around our beleaguered industry and economy. Our guest was the COO/GED Upstream NNPC. The goal is to institutionalize this into a quarterly senior industry evening reception. A special business publication that will be the repository go-to reference book, covering sections from Exploration opportunities and resource placement, Funding and Investment Climate, Divestment and Acquisitions, Hydrocarbon accounting, gas supply and monetization is at an advanced stage. The target launch date remains October 2016. A new NAPE website is now in place, the membership cleanup with emphasis on junior and student members as well as steps to improve the IT infrastructure of the secretariat are ongoing. We will be introducing a Young People Distinguished Service Award and The Club 25 Membership Recognition Pin in 2016.
Another election cycle is upon us. Nominations into the various elective offices have closed. I am constrained to mention the apathy that greeted that process. I am appealing to members to avail themselves of the varied opportunities and fields of constructive work in the service of our great association. This is a clarion call for men and women with the passion and invaluable historical recollections of our association’s trajectory to step up and be counted for posterity.
In one of my visits to the United Kingdom, I had the privilege of meeting with a host of NAPE members in that location. The consensus there is that it is expedient to establish a NAPE Chapter in the U.K. We have set in place modalities to bring this proposition to fruition. Members should expect to be served by a more modern, vibrant and responsive Secretariat, as efforts to restructure the NAPE secretariat are in full throttle. The NAPE-NMGS Mini-Conference for Tertiary institutions in Nigeria will be hosted in collaboration with the University of Ibadan in the second week of August and of course Africa’s flagship Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, NAPE’s AICE is slated for November 13-17 2016, at our usual venue - The Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island Lagos.
Finally, the industry may be passing through a tough phase but let us never fail to remember that as geoscientists we light up the world. Our ideas find oil and gas. Gas remains the major source for power, and power the cornerstone for industrialization. Can you imagine a world without geoscientists ? I am happy to respond to questions, queries, thoughts or ideas on how we can better move our association forward.
Nosa Omorodion, FNAPE