The Oza Marginal Field in Nigeria


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Oza Marginal Field

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.


Delta State Nigeria

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Delta State Nigeria

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.

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.