Message from Africa Regional Director

January 2020

Dear Industry Colleagues,
Omowumi O.  IledareLet me welcome you to a new year and a new decade for that matter. I sincerely offer my warm and best wishes to all SPE professionals and students in Africa region. Best wishes also to all your family members.

It has been a great privilege and I have a sense of gratitude to serve with all of you as SPE volunteers in 2019. I look forward to working with you in 2020 to enhance the technical competence and superior professional excellence of SPE members in the Africa region. For the avoidance of doubts, the unabated volunteerism spirit in our region remains anchored on the desire for technical excellence, global thinking, value creation and utilitarian stewardship. Your stewardship begins with renewing your 2020 membership and reminding your colleagues to do the same

At the 2019 ATCE in Calgary, Canada, several sections received recognitions for outstanding volunteerism and productive activities in 2018/2019. I sincerely congratulate these sections for their recognitions and awards. We look forward to much more outstanding and presidential recognitions for a lot more sections in 2019. I observed, however, that we have not been able to get international technical recognitions commensurate with the level of technical activities in our region. Perhaps this may be because either we do not nominate our colleagues, or we do not package the nomination well.  We also do not have many honorary SPE members from the Africa region; we want to do better this year with your support in 2020.

The year 2019 was a very enjoyable and worthwhile year as the SPE Africa Regional Director, I met some really committed and dedicated members during my visit to SPE sections Douala, Ghana, Windhoek, Maputo, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and the Nigeria Council, particularly, Benin, Lagos, and Port Harcourt Sections. In addition, I also met section officers from Ghana, Congo, and Dar es Salaam at the first Africa Section Officers Workshop at SPE NAICE 2019 in Lagos. 

I am glad to report that we re-established the Chad Section now called N’Djamena Section. Further, we will continue the process to establish new sections in the Africa region, in Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Senegal and other emerging oil and gas producing countries in SPE Africa Region. We need your help. I plan to visit in SPE Sections East Africa, South Africa and Student Chapters in emerging oil and gas producing countries in SPE Africa Region.

Cross section of attendees at the Africa Regional Section Officers Meeting 2019.

Cross section of attendees at the Africa Regional Section Officers Meeting 2019.

Finally, the primary goal for 2020 is to expedite excellent professional networking amongst sections and chapters in the Africa region. I am hopeful every section will key into at least, one of the SPE core values to drive its agenda in 2020. To this end, let me bring to your attention some key events in Africa Region:

  • Africa Student Paper Contest & PetroBowl contest in Accra, Ghana on the 24th and 25th of May 2020
  • SPE HSE and Sustainability Workshop will take place in Accra, Ghana between 25–26 May 2020
  • Africa Regional Section Officers Workshop will take place in Lagos, Nigeria on 9 August 2020

Kindly contact Ola Davies, our Regional Staff, if you need any information or questions.

Kind regards,

Omowumi O. Iledare
Professor Emeritus in Petroleum Economics
SPE Africa Regional Director