Nigerian Summit Aims to Improve Education in Delta State

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Chiedu Ebie

Chiedu Ebie of Nigeria serves as Delta State commissioner in charge of basic and secondary education. A former managing director of Millennium Oil & Gas Company Limited, he has also served as a practicing attorney. Chiedu Ebie’s focus on education led him to support a two-day summit on the topic toward the end of January 2016. The goals of the summit included addressing perceptions of widespread inadequacy in the educational system of the region.

Entitled “Leapfrogging Education in Delta State” and held in the capital city of Asaba, the summit featured prominent speakers such as Pai Obanya, emeritus professor of Ibadan University. The event took place under the chairmanship of Chief Afe Babalola.

The state is home to a three-campus university, a number of polytechnic, 440 public post primary institutions, 6 operational technical colleges and over 1,000 public primary schools. Significant constituencies in Delta State have expressed their desire for an increased build-out of the region’s institutions of higher education. Other participants at the summit said that their focus was more on achieving a higher quality of education than on creating additional infrastructure.

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The 2016 Society of Petroleum Engineers NAICE Event

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Society of Petroleum Engineers
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With a law degree from the University of Benin in Benin City, Nigeria, and substantial experience in commercial and corporate law, Chiedu Ebie recently functioned the CEO of Millenium Oil & Gas Company Limited, through which he operated a marginal field in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. Chiedu Ebie maintains membership in the Society of Petroleum Engineers, which organizes the Nigeria Annual International Conference & Exhibition (NAICE). This year, the event will take place in early August at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos.

The theme of this year’s conference theme is “Transparency in the Oil and Gas Business: An Imperative for Energy Security and Stability.” The event will include opportunities for professional networking and to hear speakers with an excellent command of their topic. Additionally, attendees will have the chance to attend several great courses, including Well Reservoir & Facility Management with Akande Adebisi, Petroleum Economics with Professor Wunmi Iledare, and Petroleum Resources Volume and Reserves Evaluation and Reporting with Dr. Saka Matemilola and Osa Igiehon.

Nigerian Minister of Education Praises Polytechnic Institutions

Mallam Adamu Adamu

Mallam Adamu Adamu

After being called to the bar in 1992, Nigerian lawyer Chiedu Ebie amassed nearly 20 years of experience in the practice of corporate and commercial law, later serving as managing director of a prominent oil and gas company. In 2015, Chiedu Ebie accepted a role within the Delta State Government as commissioner of basic and secondary education and has since worked to improve the state’s education system through measures such as improving technical and vocational colleges.

Recently, Nigeria’s national Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, assured the public that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to improving technical and vocational education throughout the country. The government plans to accomplish this by increasing investment and research, specifically in polytechnic schools. Speaking at the 14th-annual Federal Polytechnic convocation, Minister Adamu also praised the potential of polytechnic institutions to provide solutions to significant global challenges, such as hunger. He encouraged youth to consider pursuing a vocational skill or trade, noting both the prevalence of jobs in sectors such as construction and the crucial role they play in national development. At the same time, Minister Adamu also called on corporations and citizens alike to assist in the funding of educational institutions in order to better prepare this upcoming generation of workers.

It is interesting to note that the call by the Federal Minister on improving technical and vocational education is coming almost six months after the administration of Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa commenced the revamping of technical and vocational education in Delta State.

The Impressive Career of Kimi Raikonnen, Finnish Formula One Legend

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Kimi Raikonnen
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An accomplished professional with experience in the Nigerian legal and energy sectors, Chiedu Ebie now serves within the Delta State Government as minister of basic and secondary education. Chiedu Ebie enjoys spending his free time cheering on his favorite athletes, which include Formula One driver Kimi Raikonnen.

Kimi Raikonnen first tapped into his driving skills at age 11, when he surpassed the competition at local karting events to make a name for himself on the international circuit. In 2000, the Finnish driver entered the world of single-seaters with an impressive showing in the UK Formula Renault series, claiming the championship with a seven-win, 316-point season that garnered the attention of multiple Formula One Teams. Raikonnen competed in his first Formula One season driving for Sauber.

Kimi Raikonnen continued to catch the eyes of fans and teams alike, going on to sign a five-year contract with McLaren before rising to the pinnacle of his career at Ferrari. He took home his first drivers’ title in 2007 in a close finish, securing the championship from McLaren during the final round.

Following a series of lackluster performances, Kimi Raikkonen parted ways with Ferrari following the 2009 season. After honing his skills for two years at events such as the World Rally Championship and the NASCAR Trucks and Nationwide Series, he announced his return to Formula One racing as a member of Lotus. He then returned to Ferrari in 2014. Through he suffered a disappointing season in 2014, he claimed three podium finishes in 2015 and has had an impressive start to 2016, finishing second at the recent Bahrain Grand Prix.

Success For Nigerian Youth Soccer Team

Nigerian Youth Soccer Team pic

Nigerian Youth Soccer Team
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Chiedu Ebie is a former lawyer and a substantive managing director and CEO of an exploration and production company in Delta State, Nigeria. An avid soccer fan, Chiedu Ebie supports Manchester United as well as Nigeria, his home country’s team.

Nigeria’s under-17 national soccer team has won the World Cup five times since the tournament’s start in 1985, making them the most successful team in the history of the under-17 World Cup. The 2015 tournament against Mali marked the team’s fifth win.

Though their young players have been extremely successful, the same cannot be said about Nigeria’s senior level team. Not one senior team in Africa has progressed past the quarterfinals in the World Cup. In 2014, only two African teams progressed past the group stage out of the five African teams participating.

Some have theorized that this may be due to the falsification of players’ ages on youth African teams, which was insinuated by Mexico’s under-17 coach during the 2015 tournament. Players on youth teams are also often recruited to play for European teams, who can offer young players large sums of money.

Nigeria’s lack of senior level success may also be due to the dysfunctional management of African teams as a whole. This was exemplified by Nigeria’s federation’s firing, re-hiring, and firing again of national team coach Stephen Keshi. Fans of Nigeria’s soccer teams can only hope that the success of this past year’s youth team can eventually lead to success for their senior team as well.

Formula One Driver Lewis Hamilton Prepares for New Season

Lewis Hamilton Image: theguardian.com

Lewis Hamilton
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Chiedu Ebie, former lawyer and current CEO of Nigerian exploration and production company Millennium Oil & Gas Company Limited, is an avid fan of Formula One motor racing. Chiedu Ebie is a big supporter of Lewis Hamilton, a racer on the Mercedes AMG Petronas team and the 2008, 2014, and 2015 Formula One World Champion.

Though Hamilton has been relaxing lately during the Formula One season’s winter break, he has been anxiously awaiting the start of the new season. This year, the pre-season testing started later than usual, and lasted only eight days. Hamilton claims that he misses racing and competing lately, especially because of the shorter testing time.

In 2015, Hamilton won first place in the season-opening Grand Prix in Australia before going on the win the world championship, so he knows the importance of getting off to a good start. However, he realizes that even if he doesn’t win the opening race this year, he’ll be able to catch up with some hard work and practice.

Hamilton predicts that Ferrari’s team is going to be a big contender in the F1 races this year, and is excited to see how his competition does. If Hamilton wins his fourth world championship this year, he will become the most successful British F1 driver of all time. Still, Hamilton claims that his main goal is to emulate his hero, former driver Ayrton Senna.

The Oza Marginal Field in Nigeria

 

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Oza Marginal Field
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Currently the commissioner of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education in the Delta State in Nigeria, Chiedu Ebie is also an experienced attorney and business executive. Prior to his appointment into the Delta State Executive Council in July 2015, Chiedu Ebie was the pioneer CEO of Millennium Oil & Gas Company Limited . During that time, he was responsible for the development of the Oza marginal field.

Here are a few commonly asked questions about the field:

Question: When was the Oza marginal field discovered?
Answer: The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria discovered the field in 1959.

Question: Where is this field, and how large is it?
Answer: The Oza field is roughly 20 square kilometers, and is located onshore in OML 11 in present day Abia State in Southern Nigeria.

Question: Who owns the Oza field now?
Answer: Millennium Oil & Gas Company Limited owns a controlling 60% interest in the field. Hardy Oil Nigeria Limited and Emerald Energy Resources Limited each own an additional 20% interest in the field.

Question: How many wells are in the Oza field?
Answer: There are currently four wells, all drilled between 1959 and 1964. The Oza field development strategy includes plans to install an Early Production Facility to enable it evacuate its production vis SPDC’s trunk lines to Bonny export facility.