The Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) has elected Mr. Nik Odinuwe, the Executive Chairman of Global Lifting Services Nigeria Limited. He succeeds Mr. Bank-Athony Okoroafor who led the Association recently to a great outing in the just concluded Sub-Saharan African International Petroleum Conference (SAIPEC) held in Lagos.
He emerged as the new chairman at the just-concluded annual general meeting, AGM, of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria, PETAN, which held Wednesday at Novotel in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Odinuwe is the Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Zitadel Limited, one of the leading technical service companies operating in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry and also the Chairman of Zitadel Medical & Diagnostics Limited. He holds a Master’s degree in Industrial/Environmental Microbiology from the University of Port Harcourt and is an Alumnus of Georgetown university School of Business.
With over three decades of management and experience in the field as QHSE Consultant, he has great pedigree and the financial muscle as a result of hard work. He sits on the board of many companies contributing and giving back in no small measure. In 2004 Nicolas was elected captain of the prestigious Air Assault Golf Club Port-Harcourt.
According to a statement, by the newly elected Publicity Secretary, Lucky Akhiwu, Odinuwe succeeds Mr Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, who had steered the affairs of PETAN, the Nigerian oil industry’s oldest association over the past four years.
He was elected alongside other new board executives, including: Vice Chairman, Mr Ranti Omole; Secretary, Ms Patricia Simon-Hart; Assistant Secretary, Mr Daere Akobo; Publicity Secretary, Mr Lucky Akhiwu; Financial Secretary, Mrs Edith Akwaeke; Treasurer, Mr Eloka Ejeh; Conference Chairman, Mr Chinedu Maduakor; Ex-officio, Mr Martins Okoro and Ex-Officio, Dr Timi Austen-Peters.
PETAN is reputed as the initiator of local content in Nigeria and has been championing the quest for increased local participation in the Nigerian oil and Gas industry, thereby culminating in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Act, 2010
PETAN is an association of Nigerian indigenous technical oilfield service companies in the upstream and downstream sectors of the petroleum industry. The association was formed to bring together Nigerian Oil & Gas entrepreneurs to create a forum for the exchange of ideas with the major operators and policy makers.
PETAN has been promoting the development of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria through the organisation and participation of Nigerian entrepreneurs in conferences, seminars, workshops, and creating opportunities for Nigerian companies to project themselves in the competitive industry.
PETAN companies and their contractors employ over 20000 Nigerians of which over 60% are graduates. This has a beneficial “domino” effect on economy through the use of local inputs, growth of local expertise and know-how.
Since 2005, PETAN has been solely responsible for organising the Nigerian Pavilion and the exhibition of Nigerian companies at the Offshore Technology Conference, OTC, which holds in Houston, Texas every year.
It has also created opportunities for Nigerian companies to showcase themselves in other international conferences and exhibitions locally and internationally.
PETAN is as the initiator of local content in Nigeria and has been championing the quest for increased local participation in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry, thereby culminating in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Act, 2010.