The 6th edition of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) Mini-conference held in the beautiful campus of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife from April 26 to 29, 2012. The conference is a bi-annual event which was hosted in past editions as follow: Federal University of
Technology Akure (2002), Federal University of Technology Owerri (2004), Ahmadu Bello University (2006), University of Calabar (2008), University of Ilorin (2010). This event is part of NAPE-University Assistance Programme dedicated to the development of geosciences education, technical presentation and leadership skills in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The theme of the conference is â€œEmerging Concepts in Geosciences Educationâ€. Over 100 papers were submitted from 34 universities; 30 were selected for Oral and 15 for Poster presentations. The conference is declared a huge success! Miss Doyin Ogundipe, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University won the first place of the competition and was awarded by NAPE full sponsorship participate and present her paper at the NAPE 2012 International Conference and Exhibition that will hold at Eko Hotel in Lagos in November 2012. In addition, NAPE will explore sponsorship opportunity for her and her supervisor to attend and participate in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Convention in the United States in 2013.
The journey started when the hosting right was awarded to Obafemi Awolowo University by NAPE executive committee members based on the successful presentation of OAUâ€™s interest delivered at the NAPE 2010 International Conference and Exhibition by the former Vice Chancellor of the university,
Professor Michael Faborode who is now the executive secretary, Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian University. The incumbent Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Bamitale Omole aligned with the vision of his predecessor and worked tirelessly with the universityâ€™s Local Organizing
Committee (LOC) in association with NAPE to make the conference a great success. The leadership of OAU adopted this 6th edition of NAPE mini-conference as part the schoolâ€™s 50th anniversary.
In his opening ceremony address, the President of NAPE Dr. Mayowa Afe pledged that NAPE as an organization will continue to work towards the improvement of technical standard of the mini-conference in order to properly prepare graduates for the oil and gas industry which accounts for over 80% of Nigeriaâ€™s income.
The Chairman of NAPE-University Assistance Programme (UAP), Dr. Wasiu Odufisan urged all students at the conference to use the conference as an opportunity to learn and improve both their technical and non-technical talent as the conference provides as avenue to learn effective communication skills, solicit technical feedback from peers, and develop a network for geosciences collaboration. He further urged students to make effort to attend all presentations and fully expose themselves to the technical and nontechnical rewards of the conference.
The Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Professor T.R. Ajayi worked tirelessly with his team in the department of Geology with the active support of the Head of Department, Professor Joseph Owolabi Ajayi to organize the conference. They also introduce an innovation to the usual NAPE
conference programme of activities by arranging with the drama department of the university to present a drama play titled: â€œGRIP AMâ€ to the attendees of the conference to provide a relaxing evening.
The event came to end on Sunday, April 29 with field excursion to the Benin Flank of the Anambra Basin, Southwest Nigeria. The trip was led by a renowned professor of Geology, Professor M.A. Rahaman of the department of Geology of Obafemi Awolowo University.
The 6th NAPE Mini-conference is a huge success and should serve as a role model for other professional associations in Nigeria.
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