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First Programme Content Announced as Industry Shows its Support for the Second West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (WAIPEC) 2018

The organisers of the eagerly anticipated second West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference 2018 (WAIPEC) (www.WAIPEC.com), have unveiled an overview of its programme ahead of the event which is returning next month (7-8th February) to the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.

Across the two-day event, the conference programme has again been developed by a leading steering committee and speakers to build on the discussions of 2017 and to provide real value and insight for all delegates. Representatives include;

Ademola Adeyemi-Bero, Managing Director, FIRST Exploration amp; Petroleum Development Company Limited and Nigerian Independent Oil Companies

Bayo Ojulari, Managing Director, The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo)

Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB)

Tony Attah, Managing Director, Nigeria LNG

Emeka Ene, CEO, Oildata Energy Group

Roland Ewubare, Group General Manager, NAPIMS

Dr. Mazadu Bako, Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC)

Austin Ojunekwu Avuru, SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company

Mordecai Ladan, Director Department of Petroleum Resources

Gbite Adenji, Senior Technical Advisor on Upstream and Gas to Hon. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources

Jeffrey Ewing, Chairman and Managing Director at Chevron Nigeria Limited

Ahmadu - Kida Musa, Deputy Managing Director, TOTAL Exploration and Production

Set around the theme of 'New ventures in West Africa; driving oil and gas production through innovative strategies,' content will focus on unlocking strategic value, leveraging innovation, best practices and technology that will grow West Africa#39;s energy industry.

A mix of technical and strategic sessions will specifically address;

The future of the global oil and gas industries and implication of the trend

How Nigeria and African oil and gas industries can compete effectively in today#39;s challenging industries

Funding local content

Service company � operator collaboration models � drawing on experience from other oil provinces

Outlining the National Gas Flare Commercialization Program

Powering the industry - optimising domestic gas supplies, especially for power generation and industrial development

Funding and investment in Africa's oil and gas industry

Modular refining

Set to tip the scales, WAIPEC stands as not only the largest event in the centre of Nigeria's oil and gas hub, but also the only truly industry led event, held in partnership with the country's petroleum sector and hosted by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) (www.PETAN.org).

WAIPEC 2018 is already projected to attract more than 200 exhibiting companies and 6,000 visiting professionals from across West Africa, Europe, Americas and Asia - with its programme poised to set the standards on content, delegates and industry support for all conferences in the West African petroleum sector.

Speaking ahead of the event, Chair of PETAN, Bank Anthony Okoroafor explains, Taking place at the beginning of the year, WAIPEC 2018 will set the trend and the pace for the West African oil and gas sector in 2018.rdquo; He added, The mindset behind WAIPEC is what makes it unique from other conferences � it is designed specifically to be a solutions conference and a platform for the very best representatives from across the West African energy industry to come together and discuss, deliberate and share their insight and knowledge towards creating beneficial strategies for the betterment of all areas of the industry.rdquo;

For full details on the West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, its content and how to participate, visit www.WAIPEC.com.

Source: West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (WAIPEC).

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Zimbabwe Charges Mugabe Loyalists With Corruption

HARARE Two former Zimbabwean cabinet ministers who were loyal to ousted president Robert Mugabe appeared in court Saturday on corruption charges. Their lawyers say the charges are pure victimization targeting those who were against President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who replaced Mugabe.

Former foreign affairs minister Walter Mzembi and former energy minister Samuel Undenge were arrested Friday and appeared in court Saturday where they were released on bail.

Job Sikhala, the lawyer for Mzemb, spoke to reporters after court proceedings.

The charges that my client is facing are really ridiculous charges. These are charges whereby they are saying he donated to churches some television sets those that were used the World Cup period. They are saying there were supposed to have rotten at the ministry. Secondly, in terms of the charge, the donation should have been done inconsistency of his roles and duties. But at that material time I understand that my client innovated a new concept of religious tourism the one that he was trying to promote around our local prophets to which inconsistency of his duties cannot be found such duties so we are waiting on the 22nd [of January] when we are going to make an application to the charge, Sikhala said.

The duo joins former finance minister Ignatius Chombo and former mines minister Walter Chidhakwa - and several other officials - who are out on bail on corruption related charges.

Some of their lawyers told VOA last month that their crime was supporting former first lady Grace Mugabe to take over from her husband, who gave in to military pressure and resigned last November.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa replaced the 93-year-old. Mugabe had fired Mnangagwa as the country's vice president, accusing him of dishonesty and disloyalty.

On Saturday, the minister of home affairs, Obert Mpofu, said the arrests had nothing to do with politics.

That is an operational issue. I cannot comment on that.

That's all Mpofu � under whose ministry Zimbabwe police fall - said before hanging up his phone.

Source: Voice of America

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HARARE A court in Zimbabwe set aside charges against a U.S. citizen accusing her of subversion and undermining the authority of former President Robert Mugabe. The court acted after prosecutors failed to provide her a trial date."No comment right now, ...
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Zimbabwe Minister Says No Electoral Reforms Needed

Zimbabwe's new justice minister is rejecting calls for major electoral reforms ahead of nationwide polls expected later this year.The Zimbabwe Election Resource Centre, a non-partisan think tank focusing on elections and democracy, wrote letters this w...
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