- WAIPEC Unlocks Africa’s oil, Gas Potential at Forum
The awaiting inaugural West African International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition (WAIPEC) opened doors to delegates and visitors today (February 22) with a two-day first-class conference programme and exhibition, specifically developed to provide real value and insight for delegates and visitors from across the industry.
The conference programme, according to the organisers, is expected to focus on unlocking strategic value, leveraging innovation, best practices and technology to grow West Africa’s energy industry, with specific discussions on how West Africa’s oil and gas sector can remain competitive in a tough global market.
After the opening address, proceedings will begin today with a key note speech from General Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Coporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, covering ‘Collaboration and local capacity development as an enduring strategy in a low oil price environment.’
This will be followed closely with an expert panel discussion, further exploring the area, featuring, Managing Director of SEPLAT, Austin Avuru; Executive Director/GM Business Development Upstream Nigeria Commercial, Mobil Producing Nigeria Limited, Seyi Afolabi; Managing Director, First E&P Development Company Limited, Demola Adeyemi Bero; Chief Operating Officer, Upstream, NNPC, Dr . Rabiu; former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Conoil Producing Limited, Dr. Moses Ebietsuwa Omatsola and Managing Partner, Compliance Professionals Plc, Ifueko Omogui-Okaro.
Best practice and collaborative efforts will also be of paramount focus for the conference, with Dafe Stephen Sejebor, Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) highlighting the ‘Government expectations for collaboration in joint ventures’ and Bayo Ojulari, Managing Director, the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company following with a discussion on ‘Service company and operator collaboration models – drawing on experience from other oil provinces.’
Finally the role of new technology will be addressed, with a topical panel discussion featuring, Director –Technical, Addax Petroleum Development (Nigeria) Limited, Chikezie Nwosu; Corporate Strategy & Planning Manager, Nigeria LNG Limited, Dr Yakie Ogon; Chief Executive Officer, TenOil Petroleum and Energy Services Limited, Dr. Tony Chukwueke; Associate Director – Financial Advisory Services, PwC, Nigeria, Olumide Adeosun; and Chief Executive Officer, First Hydrocarbon Limited, Femi Bajomo.
Local content development is the theme for Day Two – with Executive Secretary, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, leading with his discussions on ‘Identifying policies and factors that encourage and hinder local content development in Nigeria and the region, strategies for growing the industry.’
This will then be debated by a panel featuring, Chiedu Oba, General Manager, National Content Development, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Dr. Timi Austen-Peters, Chairman, Dorman Long Engineering, Olusoga Oduselu, General Manager, Chevron Nigeria, Tunde Adelana, Executive Director, Monitoring & Planning, NCDMB, Taofik Adegbite, Chief Executive Officer, Marine Platforms Limited, Hon. Emmanuel Ekon, Chairman House Committee on Local Content, Daere Akobo, CEO, Plant Engineering and Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, Executive Secretary, NCDMB.
The proceedings will then close with further discussion on innovation and best practices across the sector, including in the areas of upstream oil and gas development.
Speaking of the programme’s content; Bank Anthony Okoroafor, Chairman of PETAN commented: “Sessions have been designed to illustrate solutions successfully implemented in the sector to boost levels of production during an uncertain industry environment and share policy, technical and financial models for achieving national aspirations in better domestic utilization of oil and gas.”
Eat’N’Go Expands To East Africa, Projects 180 Stores By Year End
In a bid to further extend its tentacles beyond the West African market, Eat’N’Go limited, one of the leading Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) operators in Nigeria and master franchisee for world-class food brands – Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt, announced its expansion into the East African market.
This development comes after the successful acquisition of the franchisee which operated Cold Stone Creamery and Domino’s Pizza in Kenya. This acquisition will see Eat’N’Go limited become the largest Domino’s pizza and Cold Stone Creamery Master Franchisee in Africa with operations in Nigeria and Kenya.
Since its entrance to Nigeria in 2012, the QSR company has grown exponentially and has continuously nurtured the drive to extend its footprint across the African market. This acquisition provides them their first foreign market expansion, making them a Pan African company with a total number of 147 outlets across Africa and a projection to reach 180 stores by end of 2021.
Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Eat’N’Go Limited, Patrick McMichael said that expanding into East Africa represents a very exciting time in the growth of the organization and also a strategic investment for the firm and its stakeholders. “Over the years, we have fostered the mission to not just bring the best QSR brands to Africa, but to directly impact on Africa’s economy and we are glad we are finally on the way to making this happen. Studying the growth of the Kenyan market in the last couple of years, we are convinced that now is the time to extend our footprint into the country.”
“We are very thrilled about this expansion as this move avails us more opportunity to provide Jobs to more Africans, especially in times like this. We remain thankful to all our customers, partners, and stakeholders who have supported us this far and we are more than ready to strengthen our dedication in satisfying the needs of our customers” Patrick added.
Eat’N’Go has over the years maintained its position as the leading food franchisee in Nigeria. As it expands its presence to other parts of Africa, the organization also places a strong focus on the quality of its products and services of all its three brands. The expansion to this new region is in line with the company’s plan to reach 180 stores across Africa by the end of 2021.
The milestone achievement and development will better position the company in its contribution to Nigeria and Africa’s economy. Currently home to over 3000 staff members across Africa, the company is committed to continuously provide job and business opportunities across the continent.
Eat’N’Go launched in 2012 in Nigeria with the vision to become the premier food operator in Africa. Today, the company has over 147 stores in Nigeria and Kenya and it continues to deliver on this promise by successfully rolling out the globally recognised brands Cold Stone Creamery and Domino’s Pizza across Africa. The company continues to expand its presence in key markets by fusing company goals with new strategic development goals and is projected to reach 180 stores across Africa by end of 2021.
Shoprite Exit: LCCI Explains Challenges Hurting Business Operations in Nigeria
Following the recent announcement of Shoprite, a leading South Africa retail giant, that it is leaving the Nigerian market due to harsh business environment and tough business policies, Dr Muda Yusuf, the Director-General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has explained some of the challenges responsible for such decision despite Nigeria’s huge population size.
Yusuf said while such decision is negative for the Nigerian economy, several factors like harsh business environment could have forced the company to make such decision. He said it also could be due to intense competitive pressure.
He said, “Shoprite is an international brand with presence in 14 African countries and about 3,000 stores. The comparative analysis of returns on investment in these countries may have informed the decision to exit the Nigeria market.
“The opportunities for retail business in Nigeria is immense. But the competition in the sector is also very intense.
“There are departmental stores in practically every neighbourhood in our urban centres around the country. There is also a strong informal sector presence in the retail sector. It is a very competitive space.”
According to the Director-General, there are also important investment climate issues that constitute downside risks to big stores like Shoprite.
He said, “These include the trade policy environment, which imposes strict restrictions on imports; the regulatory environment, which is characterised by a multitude of regulators making endless demands.
“There is also the foreign exchange policy, which has made imports and remittances difficult for foreign investors. There are challenges of infrastructure which put pressures on costs and erodes profit margins.”
The LCCI boss added, “But we need to stress that Shoprite is only divesting and selling its shares; Shoprite as a brand will remain. I am sure there are many investors who will be quite delighted to take over the shares.
“It should be noted that there are other South African firms in Nigeria doing good business. We have MTN, Multichoice, Stanbic IBTC, and Standard Chartered Bank, among others. Some of them are making more money in Nigeria than in South Africa.”
He added that some sectors are more vulnerable to the challenges of the business environment than others.
Afrinvest Appoints Mrs. Onaghinon As COO
Afrinvest West Africa Limited, has appointed the former head of public private partnership agency of the Edo State, Mrs Onoise Onaghinon as its chief operating officer.
Onaghinon joined Afrinvest in 2003 as an analyst in the firm’s investment banking division, rising through the ranks to become an associate, then vice president and eventually executive director & head of investment banking.
She is a seasoned veteran in the Nigerian capital markets and investment landscape with over 18 years of experience in capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings across many industries.
In 2017, Onaghinon took a sabbatical from the Firm to head the Public Private Partnership Agency of the Edo State Government. Having acquitted herself creditably in the public sector, she has rejoined the Firm to resume as the new COO.
Speaking on the appointment, group managing director of Afrinvest, Ike Chioke, said: “over the years, Onaghinon has demonstrated great leadership, professional excellence and outstanding client commitment in driving the firm’s business units, particularly our investment banking division. We are delighted to have her back and we look forward to leveraging her cross-disciplinary experience across the Afrinvest group”.
In her new role, Onaghinon will oversee human resources, legal & compliance, internal control and general services while leading the firm’s initiatives to improve efficiency across its subsidiaries.
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