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Aiteo Puts Nembe Spill Under Control


Indigenous oil giant, Aiteo, has stopped the oil leakage at its Santa Barbara oil well, reaching a historic milestone in solving the Nembe oil spill in Bayelsa State.

“Aiteo Eastern E & P Company Limited (“Aiteo E&P”)is pleased to inform all stakeholders, and Nigerians generally, that the impaired Santa Barbara South Well 01 in its’ OML 29 production area has been successfully brought under control, the flow stopped and the Well secured today, 8 December 2021. This outcome was achieved against the backdrop of very challenging circumstances exacerbated by the weather,” said Managing Director, Victor Okoronkwo, via a press release seen by Today’s Echo

According to Okoronkwo, the tidal cycle in the creek, and the silted slot of the Well resulted in reduced effective working hours. These challenges impacted on the timeline of the operation.

“With this successful operation, we can now confirm that there is no more leakage from the Well. It is remarkable that even with the dangers of the high exposure and risk, the entire operation has been executed and delivered with zero incident and zero fatality.”

He said clean-up efforts that were being concurrently executed throughout this period to limit the spread of hydrocarbon will now be comprehensively escalated. To this end, concerted efforts will further be channeled immediately into increasing remediation measures. In prosecuting these remediation activities and in aligning with Aiteo E&P’s strategic priorities to ensure uninterrupted continuation of the living conditions and wellbeing of the communities remains the paramount consideration.

According to the Aiteo boss, this successful milestone is a remarkable testament to the capabilities that exist within indigenous players when faced with incidents of such magnitude, even when unanticipated. Although indigenous participation in the Upstream space is nascent, the efforts evident in the management of this incident, especially the remarkable Aiteo E&P HSE Policy, foretells the progress that has been made in building, growing, and elevating both expertise and technical capabilities by indigenous oil companies such as ours. The professionalism with which the technical and support personnel execute this significant operation cannot be overemphasized, especially, considering the challenging operating terrain.

Okoronkwo thanked the stakeholders that have been instrumental to bringing the spill under control, averting immense dangers to communities in the Nembe area.

“The motivation and inspiration that enabled this accomplishment to happen must receive special and deserved mention. We thank the Almighty God without whom none of this would have been possible. Aiteo E&P expresses profound appreciation to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the President of theFederal Republic of Nigeria, who demonstrated immeasurable and sterling leadership in this matter; the Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, H.E. Chief Timipre Sylva, for his resolute support; the Honourable Minister for Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, for her unique open-mindedness and the Chief Executive, NUPRC, Mr. Gbenga Komolafe, for his deft management of this situation.

 “We express our immense appreciation and gratitude to our Senior Joint Venture Partner, NNPC, for standing shoulder to shoulder with us during this period. We also specially thank the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mallam Melle Kyari for his exceptional leadership. In the same vein, we wish to appreciate the cooperation of the Group General Manager, NAPIMS, Mr. Bala Wunti. We thank the Director General, NOSDRA, Mr. Idris Musa whose insight and focus ensured that sense overwhelmed slogan; the Clean Nigeria Associates (CNA), and other related and relevant government agencies for their immense contributions, guidance, and belief in our resolve to address this mishap as well as having faith in us to deliver in these challenging times.

“ We thank Messrs. Boots and Coots whose unavoidable unavailability meant an unintended compulsion to resort to finding in-country capacity and in the process, locate both peerless competence and astuteness. To Mr. Victor Ekpenyong, Founder and CEO of Kenyon International West Africa Co. Ltd (an indigenous oil services company), we owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude for exhibition of courage and expertise. Above all, to our host communities, we thank you to no end for your understanding despite some provocative incitements that have occurred within this period.”

Okoronkwo added that “ the road ahead in sustaining this successful operation will demand co-operation, unity of purpose, continuing understanding and patience of all stakeholders towards delivering a comprehensive, impactful and timeous closure of this incident. On our part, we are buoyed by the milestone achieved, and in so doing, re-affirm our undiminished commitment to the Nigerian Oil and Gas indigenous community.”

Aiteo Confirms Ewariezi Useh as COO


Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company (AEEPCO), operator of the NNPC / Aiteo Joint Venture on OML 29 on Wednesday announced the appointment of Mr. Ewariezi Useh as its Chief Operating Officer. Ewariezi will provide overall technical guidance to oil and gas exploration, production development, health, safety, security, and environmental activities of the group’s upstream business.

Ewariezi Useh assumes this position with a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years from various areas of the Oil & Gas Industry. His experience ranges from oil and commodities trading (crude oil, derivatives & refined products), supply and distribution, petroleum retailing, shipping, jetty and terminal operations, depot and project management, amongst others.

Ewariezi joined Aiteo Group in 2013 and until this appointment, served as the Group Managing Director, Aiteo Downstream overseeing the entire downstream business of the Group and responsible for the effective running of the downstream companies (Aiteo Energy Resources Limited and Avidor Oil & Gas Company). Prior to joining the Aiteo Group, he was General Manager, Operations, African Petroleum Plc (now Ardova Plc.) up until 2010, where he oversaw the operations and growth of the company nationwide by strategically enhancing its growth and performance in the petroleum retail sector.

Ewariezi is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Benin. He holds an MBA from the IESE Business School, University of Nevarra, Barcelona; Spain. He has trained at the College of Petroleum Studies, Oxford; IESE Business School Barcelona, Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania USA amongst others. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School; a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, the Energy Institute, London and also a registered member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). Useh replaces the erstwhile Chief Operations Officer, Emmanuel Ukegbu, who retired from the company.

Aiteo Moves to Spoil oil Leak in Bayelsa


Nigerian oil exploration giant, Aiteo, has announced that it has mobilised its team to the site of an oil spill its oil field.

According to a statement released by the indigenous oil company, Aiteo, operator of the NNPC /Aiteo Joint Venture on OML 29 on Friday, November 5, 2021 reported an oil spill from a non-producing well head in its Santa Barbara South field, in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

According to Aiteo, the magnitude of this incident is of an extremely high order. Neither the cause of the spill, nor the quantity of leaked hydrocarbon could be determined at the time of the discovery, though containment booms were deployed and recovery commenced immediately around the well head. 

” As an incident of this nature imports, the necessary Oil Spill Notification Report have been promptly communicated to National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission(NUPRC) and National Petroleum Investment Services(NAPIMS) as is required by regulation,” the statement reads.

” Ultimately, a Joint Investigative Visit, JIV to the spill site was held by all relevant stakeholders, community inclusive. The JIV at the time, was inconclusive, owing to difficulties with access due high pressure of hydrocarbons from the well head. Additionally, immediate efforts to control the leak were aborted due to the high pressure emanating from the well head.  Consequently, Aiteo has mobilized a full intervention team with well control specialists and equipment both locally and internationally to arrest the leak,” the statement continues.

According to the statement, the JIV team commended Aiteo for its prompt emergency response and handling of the incident. Further investigations on the cause of the mishap are being undertaken and will be progressed after the well has been shut in. Preliminary indications suggest that crude oil theft leaks and sabotage cannot be ruled out.

Invincible Hands Exhibition Puts Female Nigerian Artists in the Spotlight


The Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Arts, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos, has declared open the Invincible Hands Exhibition, an art exposition that celebrates the contribution of Nigerian women in Art and addresses their marginalisation. The exhibition opened on August 28, 2021 and closes on January 18, 2022. Invincible Hands consists of an eclectic display of a wide range of art works from different female Nigerian artists spanning the old and the contemporary.

The Invincible Hands exhibition aims to address the disproportionate representation of male to female established artists in Nigeria and create awareness about this disparity, by celebrating the artistic contribution of female Nigerian artists toward the growth and development of the country’s creative culture. The exhibition takes a historic gaze at the past, paying homage to the Founding Mothers of Art in Nigeria, while drawing inferences in the contemporary art space, and solidifying a foundation for the future.

“This exhibition celebrates the contribution of underrepresented Nigerian women artists in post-colonial and contemporary eras, amplifying their work and bridging inequality gaps in the art sector to place female Nigerian artists back into the national art education dialogue and history,” said Olufisayo Bakare, the curator of the exhibition.

According to Bakare, in presenting these works to a wide audience, the exhibition highlights artistic achievements that transcend stereotyped and reductive achievements of Nigerian women in art.

“Since it takes an educative approach, it is open to every Nigerian and her allies,” she added.

The Invincible Hands Exhibition is the first of its kind at the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art (YSMA), where a woman, designer-cum-curator Olufisayo Bakare, is tackling the issue of underrepresentation of female artists, giving credence to their individuality, voices and creativity. Thus, the exhibition aims at being an active agent in giving these artists higher visibility.

The exhibition features an array of mixed media art, paintings, photography, sculpture, tapestry, and textiles by the contributions of 40 Nigerian female artists whose works cover different periods, with 70 art forms on display. They were curated from Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art’s permanent collection, and as temporary loans by artists, art collectors, and patrons. Exhibiting artists include names like Susanne Wenger, Fati Abubakar, Anne Adams, Tiwa Sagoe, Anne Adams, Ndidi Dike, Amarachi Okafor, Winifred Ukpond, and Damilola Tejuoso, to mention a few.

With a background in Interior Design, guest curator, Olufisayo Bakare has trained eyes to find the rare balance between simplicity with African artistry in her work. Her keen interest in ‘carving the phenomenal out of the familiar’ has inspired her curatorial practice by establishing her as an ally in the preservation, documentation, and representation of African culture through various art forms.

The designer-cum-curator pays close attention to the works of indigenous and Pan-African artists and maker-communities by establishing unique platforms for accessibility. Positioned as a cultural gatekeeper of black histories, she recognizes that educating the masses through artistic and cultural ecosystems is at the bedrock of society. By connecting varied dialogues through an exchange of ideas, Bakare celebrates histories and their underpinned symbology. Having dedicated over a decade of her career to supporting the arts, Bakare has stepped into the limelight by partnering with the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art to enforce their mandate by assisting with their mission of educating through the arts.

She is joining forces with institutions like YSMA to curate exhibitions and construct site-specific installations within the creative sector and art world.

The Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art (YSMA) of Pan-Atlantic University is an educational museum at the service of the university and the whole community. At the centre of YSMA’s mission is a desire to help audiences learn about art and through art

Kings University Steps Up as NUC Accredits More Programs


The Kings University, Ode-Omu, Osun State, has taken another step towards its vision of raising transformational leaders after the National Universities Commission (NUC) granted full accreditation status for more of its academic programmes in the last accreditation exercise.

According to the Commission’s Director of Accreditation, Dr. Maryam Sali who signed the letter communicating the approval to the Vice-Chancellor, the full accreditation status is valid for five years.

Founded by the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in 2015, the vision of Kings University is to raise quality leaders that would transform Nigeria and continually sustain her as a technologically advanced nation. The university believes that a solution could be found to the devastating problems facing Nigeria, and the answer needed is the transformation of the minds of the coming generation.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, Kings University, Professor Adenike Kuku, the latest accreditation is another milestone in the preparedness of the University in taking on the challenges of providing quality tertiary education and the development of the total man-mind of prospective candidates.

“We will not relent in our efforts towards strengthening the quality of our academic programmes,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

In about 6 years of existence, Kings University has grown fast, ramping up the acquisition of human resources, equipment and infrastructure required to become a world class tertiary institution. The University’s Learning Management System has been fully deployed and staff members adequately trained to optimize the use of the system.

Universities Should Produce Value Creators – Kings Varsity VC


The Vice Chancellor of the prestigious Kings University, Ode-Omu, Osun State, Professor Adenike Kuku, has urged universities to produce graduates that are value creators rather than job seekers so as to mitigate the high rate of unemployment among the teeming youth population.

Dr Mrs C.O Aje, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, made this known during the recently held 2021 Entrepreneurship Day of the University.

According to Professor Kuku, entrepreneurship education is strategic to the vision of Kings University which tailors its curriculum to prioritise Entrepreneurship education emphasised by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

Professor Kuku further expressed confidence that the graduates of Kings University would proffer technology solutions to the myriad challenges plaguing the nation from the education sector to health sector, agricultural and even the financial services sector.

“The goal is for Universities to produce graduates that are value creators rather than job seekers,” she said.

Social entrepreneur and Executive Director of Izichris Berachah Vocational Institute, Mrs. Busayo Ihimikaye, who was the Guest Speaker at the event, urged Nigerian undergraduates to strive to find their niche as a first step towards achieving their dream of being a successful entrepreneur.

Speaking on the topic, “Entrepreneurship: Alternative to Individual and National Development,” she said that entrepreneurship was about people identifying and solving a problem you are passionate about.

“This could be by providing a service or making a product as entrepreneurship basically involves being innovative and meeting needs. “You identify gaps in the society and you make yourself available to bridge the gaps,” she said.

The social entrepreneur further advised the students to be diligent in their studies, be courageous, and be resilient in life as Kings University has already provided a very good environment for them to excel, adding that their purpose in the University was to be wealth creators not to seek employment and whatever they start today should be sustainable.

Mrs Ihimikaye admonished the students of Kings University and other participants from Adeleke University and Redeemer’s University, academics, and other stakeholders present at the event to begin their entrepreneurial journey for sustainable economic growth and the prosperity of the individual and the nation.

Founded by the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in 2015, the vision of Kings University is to raise quality leaders that would transform Nigeria and continually sustain her as a technologically advanced nation. The university believes that a solution could be found to the devastating problems facing Nigeria, and the answer needed is the transformation of the minds of the coming generation.



Winners have emerged in the three categories of the Children’s Fun Day Golf tournament organised by the Ladies Golf sub-committee of the prestigious Ikoyi Club, Lagos, as part of the 2021 Children’s Day celebrations.

In the 3 Holes category, organized for children from 6 to 9 years old, Okoji Osamudiamen came first ahead of Olowola Itiaron who came second while Oni Yomiwa came third. Orungbeja Mayomile dominated the 6 Holes category, organized for children from 10 to 12 years old, ahead of Savage Akorede and Michael Seh who came second and third, respectively. In the 9 Holes category, organized for children that are 12 years old and above, Onyelukachukwu Obata clinched the prize ahead of Jaithith.R Warrier who came second and Sokefun Adejare who came third.

According to the Vice-Captain of Ikoyi Club Golf Section, Mrs. Nkoli Moka, the Children’s Day Golf Tournament is an annual event organized by the Ladies Golf Sub-Committee to expose children to the sport early.

“This year’s tournament was even more important because we didn’t have it last year due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. After several months of limited interaction due to the recent lockdowns it was indeed most appropriate and well timed,” she said.

“Golf is an opportunity to get children out to exercise, instead of being glued to TVs and Video Games, and to socialise,” Mrs Moka added.

Sponsors of the event, which was organised in strict compliance to health and safety regulations, include notable brands such as MTN, Kawe, and UAC Foods. Dignitaries who graced the occasion include Mr Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman of MTN Nigeria amongst others.

Founded in 1938, Ikoyi club is a Lagos’ foremost private member family Club, providing first class facilities for about 10,000 members. Besides the golf course, the Club also has many sports and relaxation amenities for members and their families.

SystemSpecs Supports the Use of Technology to Enhance National Security


African technology giant, SystemSpecs, has expressed its support for the use of technology in enhancing Nigeria’s national security amidst current threats to the security and unity of the country. This support was manifested recently as the leading innovative payment and human capital management technology firm hosted winners of its 2021 Children’s Day Essay Competition in a recently held event at its headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Now in its second year, the SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition is organized in furtherance of the technology firm’s commitment to the development of indigenous IT capacity for national prosperity.

Themed “Building a more Secure Nigeria using Technology”, over 2000 entries were received from pupils between 9 and 16 years old from about secondary schools across the country in the 2021 SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition, a 30 percent increase from the previous year. The entries were sent online, via an internet portal.

Executive Director of SystemSpecs, Deremi Atanda, said the company is thrilled about the number of entries that came from Borno State, an area at the grip of Boko Haram’s deadly insurgency.

“It shows that even in times like this, people are interested in advancing national interest,” Atanda remarked.

He also praised the resilience of the participants and their schools.

“There were some schools that had just one entry, and you could see the weight of an entire community behind that single submission.

“Some went all the way to seek internet access in remote locations from them to send their entries. That resonates well with our objective of intervention in building capacity for the IT industry in Nigeria,” Atanda said.

 12-year-old Chetachi Best Mbalu of Lagooz College, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos emerged winner in the junior category, while 15-year-old Uchenna Rita Ohiaeri of Queensland Academy, Okota, Lagos emerged winner in the senior category.

Besides the prizes presented to the winners, SystemSpecs donated 15 laptops to the winning school in the senior category, and 10 laptops to the winning school in the junior category.

In his remarks, the special adviser to the president on education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh, called the SystemSpecs Children’s Day Essay Competition, “a step in the right direction” and encouraged the company’s leadership to “keep up the good work”.

Parents Withdraw their Children from Schools in Oyo Community After Deadly Herdsmen Attack


Parents on Monday afternoon stormed some schools in Iyete, Igangan and Tapa in the Ibarapa North Local Government area of Oyo state to withdraw their children.

It was gathered that news of another attack on residents of the areas by unknown gunmen got to the communities after children had arrived in their schools.

It will be recalled that unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invaded Igangan community on Sunday, killing more than 10 residents.

Confirming the development to the media, the Elepe Tapa, leader of a community in Igangan area, Oba Titiloye Oyekanmi Sunday, said people have been running helter-skelter to ensure they took their children from schools.

“We couldn’t sleep till this morning. We just heard that those Fulani people are restrategising to attack us again but they didn’t tell us the precise time. No presence of security agencies here. We need government now,” he said.

Our correspondent learnt that Ayete, Igangan and Tapa are the major communities within Ibarapa North Local Government Area.

The Convener, Igangan Development Advocates, Mr. Oladiran Oladokun had on Sunday said one of the sons of the Seriki Fulani of Oyo state who was chased out of Igangan, Ibrahim Saliu had vowed to ensure Igangan is razed to aches.

Oladokun in a statement on Sunday said; “No state security apparatus got to us during the storm. If we had not made a little cover, perhaps Igangan would have become a dunghill of ashes.”

Oladokun therefore advocated for the relocation of the base of Amotekun Corpa in Igangan, conversion of Igangan Police outpost to headquaters, among other things as solution to the challenges facing Igangan.

He further said: “When the chips were down, our local hunters were the last man standing. Let the state via Igangan Development Advocates (IDA) get their list and use IDA to empower them with necessary logistics. We suggest that the government should relocate Amotekun base to Igangan, empower Amotekun to carry pump actions.

“It is time we deploy extreme measures for this extreme situations even if someone’s toes will be stepped on. The state is empowered to make legislation towards her security, therefore let the state flex some muscles.

“On numerous occasions, Ibrahim Seriki Saliu son kept pledging that Igangan will be raze down to ashes.

He had the audacity to proclaim this on social media as well as on radio shows, perhaps his words were taken as mere groans but local Vigilantes at Igangan kept receiving the news of impending danger.

“The state I believe thought it’s just another hype, for we notified the state of our fears on the 14th of april when covert information reached us of a meeting of the Fulani towards fulfilling their oath of allegiance towards reprisals

“Today we lick our wounds

We suffered heavy loss and casualties

The Fulani fulfilled their pledge.”

Kings University Canvasses for Bio-inspired Approach to Nigeria’s National Security


Kings University, Odeomu, Osun state has canvassed for the deployment of Bio-inspired solutions and expressed its readiness to continue to partner with relevant agencies of government and the private sector to develop an effective information security architecture amidst intensified threats to Nigeria’s national security.

The Vice Chancellor of Kings University, Prof. Adenike Kuku, announced this during the University’s recently held Annual Faculty of Science Lecture titled ‘Information Security Management: Moving from Conventional to Bio-inspired Solutions’.  

The VC said increased digitisation and automation has made the world become a global village that needs a secured storage of information systems to run businesses and the society at large.

According to her, “the combination of the conventional and Bio-inspired solutions is an innovative idea for combating emerging threats.”

The guest speaker at the event and senior lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in Osun State, Dr. Bodunde Akinyemi, also advised the Federal Government to adopt a Bio-inspired approach to solving national security challenges.

 “Bio-inspiration involves learning from biological processes and activities in developing new computing technologies. Bio-inspired solutions used by scientists and researchers to solve real-world problems are dynamic, robust, and resilient”, said Akinyemi, who explained that the development of this novel technology could serve as an effective national information security framework.

According to the don, “Information security management is a critical issue today with the rapidly growing usage of the Internet. More complexities and diversity in information systems have given rise to intrusions and malicious attacks, thus making it increasingly difficult to manage information systems security”.

The don affirmed that the Quality of Services (QoS) of information systems has significantly deteriorated due to an upsurge of cyberattacks. She added that this degeneration has given rise to research on information security.

“Conventional information security management models such as data encryption, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning approaches are inadequate to effectively address the challenges of information security, hence, the need for the adoption of bio-inspired solutions in developing effective information security architecture.

“In this era of ‘Big Data’, there is a need to move towards data-driven intelligent decision-making process by observing and learning from nature to advance national security and boost the nation’s economic prosperity,” she added.

Founded by the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in 2015, the vision of Kings University is to raise quality leaders that would transform Nigeria and continually sustain her as a technologically advanced nation. The university believes that a solution could be found to the devastating problems facing Nigeria, and the answer needed is the transformation of the minds of the coming generation.

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