Mr. Chuks Enwereji, the immediate past Vice Chairman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, IADC, Nigeria Chapter, has succeeded Mr. Ote Enaibe as the chairman. The succession and handover held on November 26 at the Association’s 8th Annual General Meeting, AGM, at Oriental Hotel, Lagos.
Enaibe who managed the association for three years, 2016-2019, gave an overview of his tenure which he explained birthed a deeper relationship and engagements with industry agencies like Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, and Nigerian Petroleum Exchange, NPEX. The engagements, he explained, has materialized into a situation where “no service company can partake in bidding process in NIPEX without an IADC certificate, adding that the association now has “a stronghold on NCDMB, DPR and NIPEX.”
Specifically, he maintained that “The 2019 rig count in Nigeria’s oil field drilling sector continues to show signs of recovery, heading towards the pre 2015 era.” He added that the development is expected to “impact positively on the fortunes of IADC member companies this year and in the coming years.” Enaibe also disclosed the highly impactful 2019 local and international conferences attended by the association members some of which included the Milan, Italy June 19-20 World Conference attended by Enwereji, in his then capacity as Vice Chairman and the November 6-8 IADC Annual AGM/Technical Conference in Austin, USA.
“The conferences proceedings were shared with all members,” he stated with a sigh of satisfaction even as he submitted that its membership list has improved impressively.
Enwereji, in his acceptance speech, promised to build on the success achieved by his predecessor and take the association to high heights through an enhanced regulatory framework and innovative administrative strategies.
In his remarks, the Association’s Middle East, Caspian and Africa regional Representative, Hisham Zebian, disclosed the association’s commitment to education for the emerging generation with the aim of enthroning quality leadership for the industry continuous growth.
“IADC supports education. The association has two students’ chapters in US and India. We have established young professional committee for IADC values and prepare the young ones for leadership,” Zebian stated.
IADC is an association for all oil and gas drilling industry stakeholders to connect, share knowledge, tackle common problems and develop solutions to critical issues. Its Nigeria Chapter, was inaugurated in 2012 to improve drilling efficiency, safety standards, environmental protection and industry relations with government.