UK And Nigeria Partners To Host Sustainability Conference

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Yemisi Izuora

The Energy Institute Nigeria, in partnership with the UK Department for International Trade (UK DIT) is set to hold this year’s edition of its annual Energy Sustainability Conference.

The conference, scheduled to hold from 16th to 17th October 2019 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel presents a suitable platform for all stakeholders within the energy industry to discuss, share ideas, and make valuable recommendations that will enhance further growth and development of the sector.

Under the theme “Energy Landscape: Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities”, this 2-day conference seeks to enable knowledge transfer, foster relations, and sharpen skills of participants through specialist hubs, breakfast sessions and various industry specific panel sessions.

Speaking about the conference, the Chairman of Energy Institute Nigeria Mr. Osten Olorunsola FEI said  “The dual challenge of meeting the demand and the supply side of energy on one hand, as well as being environmentally responsible and sustainable on the other hand, simply means that industry practitioners have to devise a means of pulling in two opposite directions at the same time”. “This is the reason we gather all players across the energy spectrum to co-create solutions to global energy challenges” he added.

Reiterating its undertaking to be Africa’s leading investor by 2022, Emma Wade-Smith, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner to Africa said: “Promoting the merits of Nigeria and the broader African continent as an economic partner, means advancing one of the continent’s most prosperous sectors to realize its optimal potential. Our priority is one of solving long-term issues, opportunities for sustainable development and shared prosperity. Earlier this year, we announced we would host an Africa Investment Summit in London; an event that will bring together businesses and governments to promote both the investment opportunities across Africa and the scale of the UK’s investment offer.”

In June, the UK government became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050 and advocates for new technology, innovation and best practices for greener, more sustainable energy. Tackling climate change whilst meeting the energy needs of a growing and developing economy is matter of urgency and this dual objective and partnership has a focus of bringing attention to the way we produce and consume energy long term

British Deputy High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson and Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, are both marked to be at the event. Other guests include: Mr. Tony Attah (Managing Director, Nigeria LNG Limited), Mr. Ed Ubong (Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Gas), Mr. Soji Awogbade FEI (Principal Partner Aelex Legal Practice) , Dr Layi Fatona (CEO, ND Western), Chief Tunde Afolabi (Chairman, Amni International), Mr Abdulrazaq Isa (Chairman, Waltersmith), Mr Austin Avuru (CEO, Seplat Petroluem), Eng Charles Odita (CEO, Midwestern), Dr Joy Ogaji (Executive Secretary, Association of Power Generation Comapanies), Mr. Yomi Awobokun (Managing Director, Enyo Retail & Supply) and many more.

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