Society of Petroleum Engineers Hosts Nigerian Conference

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Society of Petroleum Engineers
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With more than 20 years of experience working in law, oil and gas, and business development industries, Chiedu Ebie works as commissioner at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education for the Delta State Government of Nigeria. Prior to this, he spent a decade as managing director of Millennium Oil and Gas Company, Limited, also in Nigeria. A member of several organizations which relate to his employment, Chiedu Ebie belongs to the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Established in 1957, the SPE is the largest member organization in the oil and gas industry geared toward scientists, engineers, and managers. Today the group boasts more than 168,000 members representing 144 countries.

To help its members stay connected, the SPE hosts conferences, webinars, forums, and other special events throughout the year. One 2016 event, scheduled for August 2 through 4, is the Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) to be held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria. With a theme of “Transparency in the Oil and Gas Business: An Imperative for Energy Security and Stability,” the NAICE concentrates on improving oil and gas exploration and production in the region of West Africa. Attendees enjoy networking opportunities, panel discussions, luncheons, and technical sessions.

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Delta State Nigeria

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Delta State Nigeria
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Chiedu Ebie currently serves in the Delta State Government Executive Council as Commissioner for Basic & Secondary. Having successfully made the transition from the private to public sector, Chiedu has settled down into his duties of implementing the educational policies of the Senator Okowa led administration of Delta State. As as first timer in Government, Chiedu spent the first few months understanding the internal workings of the civil service and more importantly reviewing the educational system in place in Delta State.

Delta State is a one of the oil producing States located in the South South geopolitical zone of Nigeria. Over the years, the State has been one of the top revenue earners for Nigeria by virtue of oil and gas deposits. As clearly articulated during the campaigns leading up to the general elections early in 2015, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa made known his desire to transform Delta State and ensure prosperity for the indigines of Delta once elected into office. To achieve this Okowa outlined a five point agenda encapsulated in the acronym SMART which means; Strategic Wealth creation projects and provision of jobs for all Deltans; Meaningful peace building platforms aimed at political and social harmony; Agricultural reforms and accelerated industrialization; Relevant Health and Education policies; Transformed environment through urban renewal”.

The Technical and Vocational Education bill was forwarded to the State House of Assembly within the first few weeks of Okowa’s swearing in on the 29th of May, 2015. This bill is the driving force for the revamping and repositioning of Technical Education within the State. A once fledging sector, over the years, Technical education was neglected and abandoned thereby resulting in a near collapse of the six Technical Colleges within the State.

Speaking recently, Chiedu was proud to State that the State Government had commenced the repositioning of Technical Education beginning with three of the six Technical Colleges in the areas of infrastructural and equipment upgrade, human capacity redistribution and development to be closely followed with the upgrade of the curriculum.

Manchester United Players and Coaches Participate in Dream Days Event

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Dream Days Event
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In July 2015, Nigerian-based business executive Chiedu Ebie moved from his position as managing director of Millenium Oil & Gas Company Limited to his current role as commissioner of the Delta State Ministry of Education. Outside of his professional activities, Chiedu Ebie enjoys traveling, watching Formula 1 racing, and following his favorite professional soccer team, Manchester United.

Off the field, Manchester United players recently lifted the spirits of children facing serious and life-threatening illnesses during a Dream Day event. Held at the Aon Training Complex, the Manchester United Foundation’s Dream Days event takes place at least twice a season and gives young fans the opportunity to meet their favorite players, tour the team’s facilities, and watch the first-team train.

At the most recent Dream Day event, which took place September 21, 2015, youth from across England, Northern Ireland, and South Wales met face to face with United coaches and players, including the team’s captain, Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United Foundation organized the event with the help of similar charities, including Dreams Come True and Starlight Children’s Foundation.

For more information about Dream Days, visit www.mufoundation.org/dreamdays.

Manchester United Players Meet Young Fans During Dream Day

An accomplished business and legal professional, Chiedu Ebie oversees educational services in his role as the commissioner of the Delta State Ministry of Education in Nigeria. In his free time, Chiedu Ebie follows a number of international sports teams, including Britain’s Manchester United football team and the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

As Commissioner overseeing the primary and post primary institutions within Delta State, Chiedu’s main focus is to oversee reforms in this sector by ensuring that the overall quality of education is improved by ensuring a gradual but steady improvement of the sector. From available records, Delta State currently has over 400 post primary institutions spread across the 25 local government areas of the State.

One of the main areas of the SMART agenda of the administration of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State is Education by ensuring that the right policies are put in place. As a start, the area of Technical education has been singled out for improvement with the revamping of three Technical Colleges under the phase 1 programme. The areas of improvement include infrastructural upgrade and procurement of equipment and teaching aids for the Agbor, Ofagbe and Sapele Technical Colleges.

This is coming on the heels of the recent enactment of the Technical and Vocational Education Board (TVEB) Law by the Delta State House of Assembly and the appointment of an Executive Secretary for the board. The primary responsibility of the TVEB is to supervision and running of the six Technical Colleges.

Revitalizing Basic and Secondary Education in Nigeria’s Delta State

A highly exposed and good team player, Chiedu Ebie has gained two decades of experience in commercial law, the oil and gas industry, and education through positions he has held at numerous private organisations. Currently, as the commissioner of the Delta State Ministry of Education, Chiedu Ebie oversees operations of the state’s basic and secondary educational system.

In recent years, past administrations of Delta State spearheaded the effort to revitalize the state’s basic and secondary educational system by improving the infrastructure of schools statewide, constructing new buildings and providing necessary ICT support. During the term of the immediate past administration, the state built several new schools and provided free tuition to more than 200,000 students.

The administration of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa continues to maintain a dedication to provide free and compulsory education to the students of Delta State at both primary and secondary school levels. Today, the Ministry includes nine separate departments to carry out the work, including planning, examinations, and finance. Through the combined efforts of these departments, the Ministry has implemented a variety of new programs including the revamping of Technical Colleges beginning with the three Technical Colleges in Agbor, Ofagbe and Sapele.

Extra Attackers and Empty-Net Goals in Soccer

Chiedu Ebie, commissioner of Delta State Ministry of Education in Nigeria, is an avid soccer fan. Chiedu Ebie follows both the Nigerian national team and the Premier League’s Manchester United Football Club.

An empty-net goal can occur in a number of sports, most notably ice hockey and soccer. In certain situations, a team will instruct the goalkeeper to vacate the goal crease in order to put an extra offensive attacker into the game as a means of pressuring the opposing defense. Should the outnumbered defensive team gain possession of the puck or the ball, however, the opponent’s vacated goal instantly becomes an easy target. A goalkeeper is generally pulled only when a team has little hope of winning and feels that suffering an empty-net goal wouldn’t damage their chances of winning.

Both empty-net goals and extra attackers are less common in soccer for a number of reasons. Score differentials play a significant role in many soccer leagues and tournaments, meaning a 1-0 loss is more desirable than a 2-0 loss, which renders the consequences of an empty-net goal too great. Substitutions are far more restricted in soccer as well, meaning that the goalkeeper would need to join the offense downfield rather than leave the game, as is often the case in hockey. These restrictions make empty-net goals, such as Xabi Alonso’s 70-yard score in the 2006 FA Cup final, exceptionally rare.

Will Manchester United’s Summer Signings Pay Off?

A longtime natural resources executive in Nigeria, Chiedu Ebie recently served as a managing director with the Millennium Oil & Gas Company Limited (MOGCL) in Lagos. Aside from his work as a managing director, Chiedu Ebie is a longtime supporter of the English Premier League (EPL) club, Manchester United. With 26 league games in the books, the Red Devils sit an uncomfortable fourth place in the table, occupying the final Champions’ League spot allotted to the EPL.

The 2014-15 campaign began with a slew of high-profile summer signings, including Real Madrid striker and Argentina standout Angel Di Maria, Colombian goalscorer Radamel Falcao, and Netherlands defensive midfielder Daley Blind. With Di Maria, no one can argue that the talent is there, but a tendency to give the ball away in critical attacking moments has earned him criticism from many of the United faithful. The equally talented Falcao, although plagued by injury for much of the season, has proven wildly inconsistent in his play. Perhaps the most pleasant surprise for United has been Daley Blind, whose no-nonsense play in the center of the pitch has provided an anchor on both sides of the ball. With several months of football still to play, only time will tell if Van Gaal’s summer signings will be worth their hefty price tags.