Dr Chris Ekiyor, President Emeritus, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide and immediate past Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Delta State has advocated for a blend of the nation’s security forces and the host community in securing oil and gas installations so as to ensure a steady supply of these products to the end users.
He made this call while delivering a keynote address at the presentation of a book, Energy Security In Nigeria’s Gas Sector, written by Barr. Elo Adhekpuokoli, at Orchid Hotel, Asaba.
Dr Ekiyor who identified vandalism, piracy, oil theft, sabotage, activities of insurgents and criminal syndicates as potential threats to oil installations said that a coordinated effort to address these challenges would go a long way in reducing this illicit act.
He also maintained that much remains to be done to ensure that oil wealth is distributed adequately and used to develop the backward regions of the Niger Delta.
The book reviewer and former General Manager, Delta Broadcasting Service, DBS, Barr. Oshogbor, noted that the book, which centered on policy measures and legal framework for energy security, existing challenges, importance of ensuring energy security and how Nigeria can achieve energy security in the gas sector, was also a product of a well researched subject, already examined by the Author in his post-graduate thesis, but has now been revised and expanded to reflect the present realities in the Oil and gas sector.
Oshogbor, who regaled the impressive audience with the story of how Elo Adhekpukoli had always excelled in Essay writing competitions in his younger days and how he, AS General Manager of DBS, had further nurtured this talent by engaging him to write radio commentaries, affirmed the Author had justified the high regard expressed in his exceptional brilliance and this book, which was highly recommended for schools, corporate oil establishments and discerning individuals, has already been simplified for easy understanding.
In her comments, Justice Ogene, President of the Delta State customary court of appeal hailed the author, describing him as a young man who has distinguished himself both in character and learning, adding that the book had defined him as a very brilliant young man and equally manifested the goodwill he enjoys from his peers and seniors, as expressed by the turn out for the launch.
Speaking in the same vein, the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, represented by Chief Patrick Ideh, said that the glowing academic trajectory of Barr. Adhekpukoli, was a testimony to the fact that there were no short cuts to learning, even as he noted that the Author’s decision to write this very important book dealing with an issue that was different from his legal calling, underscored his passion for knowledge, urging the younger generation to emulate this trend in order to help build a better, more progressive nation.
In his own comments, the Author, Elo Adhekpuokoli, thanked the audience for turning out in their numbers to witness the book launch, which according to him was a dream come true, since it was his first ever published book and hopefully the beginning of a long and fruitful publishing career, as he had already written extensively but had neither published nor presented any of his works to the public until now.
The book launch which had in attendance, the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, represented by Chief Patrick Ideh, President of Customary Court of Appeal, Delta State, Hon Justice S. O. N Oghene, also had Hon Justice CN Ojugbana, members of the Bar and Customary Court staff, Asaba, government functionaries, as well as the parents of the author and other guests, in the audience.