Message from Africa Regional Director

April 2024

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Dear Friends,

I’m thrilled to share my recent experience visiting the SPE Uganda section, and let me tell you, it was nothing short of amazing! Kudos to Kato Obadiah and the incredible board for all the months of planning and hard work leading up to the event.

The energy was electric as students from universities across Africa competed in the Africa student paper contest and PetroBowl event. The SPE Africa Regional Paper contest (SASTCE 2024) was well organized and showcased the innovative work done by our esteemed students. 

The winner of the student Paper contest (Undergraduate Category) was Ifenaike Alexandar Oluwasina from the University of Ibadan for the paper “Optimizing CO2 sequestration in Coal Seams: A machine learning framework for wettability prediction”. Congratulations Ifenaike and to all the presenters!

Uganda Section Event

I also had the honor of meeting with the leadership team of the Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC), including CEO Ms. Proscovia NABBANJA. It was inspiring to discuss the progress of the industry in Uganda. Venturing out into the field, I was amazed by the government's efforts to preserve the environment and wildlife while supporting local communities near drilling sites.
Lastly, there was a great day for young professionals! We enjoyed networking sessions and engaging panel discussions covering topics from leadership to work-life balance and work experiences.

Students Technical Symposium

I am also thrilled to share the highlights of the Students Technical Symposium and Exhibition (STSE) hosted by the SPE Nigeria Council with the theme ‘Securing the Future of the Energy Industry: Maximizing Opportunities in the Petroleum Value Chain For Students and Young Professionals’ which held on March 14th – 16th 2024. This event is organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Council, in collaboration with her over 40 SPE Student Chapters across Nigeria. The event was held at the prestigious University of Uyo (UNIUYO), where it brought together bright minds and future leaders of the Energy Industry. The focus area for this year’s theme was to ignite the participants' passion for innovation, sustainability, and transformation in the Energy Industry.

The 3-day event featured three technical sessions, five professional sessions, and two panel sessions, along with various competitions aimed at showcasing the best talents in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions. The paper contest presentations, where students from SPE Chapters demonstrated their research works and provided insightful analysis, were notable highlights. The Nile University Chapter won the best paper award, while two students from Uniben Chapter emerged as the second and third winners. 

In addition to the competitions, the STSE 2024 provided invaluable opportunities for professional development and networking. Students and young professionals engaged in enriching sessions such as LinkedIn Profile optimization, mentorship sessions and SPE Chapter Management for Excellence amongst others, equipping them with the tools and insights necessary for success in their personal and professional life.

Special thanks to the SPE Nigeria Council and BOT for sponsoring the event and to the SPE Port-Harcourt Section for being the Host Section and providing financial support for the program's success.


The winners from the PetroBowl competitions held so far are as follows:
•    University of Ibadan, Nigeria 
•    Mbarara University of science and technology, Uganda
•    The Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE), Nigeria
•    University of Uyo, Nigeria

These schools will be some of the schools in Africa that will be representing the continent at the Petrobowl competition in the USA from 23rd – 25th September 2024.

Last but not the least, I want to commend the SPE Nigeria Council and the Council Chair, Engr Salahuddeen Tahir for celebrating Women during the International women’s day by sponsoring the Women Leadership Lecture series which is a yearly event to celebrate the accomplishments of women. 

This year’s theme promoted the participation of women in governance and leadership roles and was planned and coordinated by the indefatigable Prof. Kafayat Adeyemi and her team of amazing volunteers. 
I encourage all SPE members to link up on social media so you can also benefit from the informative and educational programs being organized for all members across Africa and beyond. 
One thing I love about SPE is that EVERYONE is welcome! Here are some pictures from the WLLS event: 


Until next time, stay safe!

Oghogho Effiom
SPE Regional Director—Africa

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