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Fuel Africa 2022: Futurize collaborates with Famfa Oil and others to launch healthcare innovation program

Famfa Oil Limited, Nigeria’s leading indigenous oil exploration and production company is collaborating with Futurize to co-fund the launch of its first annual Fuel Africa Innovation Program which is being organized in partnership with AstraZeneca and Microsoft and also co-funded by Bristol Myers Squibb.

The program virtually brings together hundreds of students and recent alumni from 12 universities across
seven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for an entrepreneurship bootcamp and innovation competition.

During the innovation competition, participants will form multi-disciplinary teams, receive industry insights,
mentorship, and hands-on training through workshops to generate solutions for early-stage business
ventures. At the end, teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and will be awarded pre-seed
investment through cash prizes and opportunities to advance their careers.

Digital training is crucial to sustainable development, boosting entrepreneurship and job creation. “By
bridging the gap between education and the current labor markets, entrepreneurship programs like Fuel
Africa can unlock the tremendous talent universities hold,” said Futurize CEO Rhea Singhla. Participants
have opportunities to network with peers and international experts to create a collaborative ecosystem that
can drive innovation to grow the African economy.

Fuel Africa 2022 brings together the brightest minds across universities in Sub-Saharan Africa to address
some of the continent’s most pressing challenges in healthcare, with impactful solutions while leveraging
the power of cross-collaboration and technology and according to Mr Rotimi Alakija, Famfa Oil Limited, the only way one can move forward is through innovation, and this can only be done by investing in fresh
solutions to solve current problems.

This year’s two topic areas are focused on creating solutions that will enable access to healthcare as well
as the management and early detection of Non-Communicable Diseases. The mission here is to equip
young entrepreneurs with the resources to build high-potential venture ideas and to contribute to
sustainable development globally.

Barbara Nel, African Cluster Country President at AstraZeneca pointed out that “Through A Catalyst
Network, AstraZeneca’s interconnected and dynamic global network of more than 20 health innovation
hubs, we are co-creating challenge-based solutions with and for patients”. She said according to the World
Health Organization (WHO), Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) are steadily increasing in prevalence in
Africa, and they are predicted to overtake communicable diseases by the year 2030. “Over time, NCDs
have grown to become the leading cause of death worldwide. These numbers demonstrate the urgency in
acting on it. By partnering with Futurize, we want to offer students in Africa exciting opportunities to
connect and collaborate with a truly global network of expertise and experience, helping to accelerate
innovation and ensure that more patients can get access to the latest health tech solutions”. She concluded.
These solutions are to be aligned with advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Good Health &
Well-being), 4 (Quality Education) and 5 (Gender Equality).

Yacine Barro Bourgault, Enablement Lead: Africa Transformation Office at Microsoft, disclosed that
Microsoft, through the Africa Transformation Office, is committed to supporting education transformation
across Africa with access to learning tools, resources and technology. We look forward to seeing what
innovative solutions to pressing concerns these bright minds will develop during the program.

Handover of Model Classroom Block to Government College, Ughelli, Delta State

The virtual commissioning and handover of Model Classroom Block built and donated to Government College, Ughelli, Delta State was held on Thursday, 18 March 2021.

The Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Otive Igbuzor. Delta State’s Commissioner for Basic & Secondary Education, Hon. Patrick Ukah stood in for the governor of the state, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa. Other attendees were members representing constituencies in Delta State at the National Assembly and top government officials.

Also present were representatives of Famfa, Star Deepwater, Equinor and NAPIMS. The event kicked off at 11:01 am with the recitation of Nigeria’s national anthem. Mr Tom Akagbosu, Stardeep Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA) presented a virtual tour of the facility at different stages of construction from the foundation stage up until when the projects were completed. He mentioned that construction works started in 2018.

Mr Yunisa Yahaya, GM Services, NAPIMS who represented NAPIMS Group General Manager, Bala Wunti reiterated the commitment of Agbami partners to providing assistance to various institutions throughout Nigeria in areas of education and health as part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities.

The Agbami partners in their various speeches re-echoed their stance on advancing Corporate Social Responsibilities to critical areas in the larger society where they are needed most and where there would be a greater impact.

Speaking on behalf of the Deputy Senate President, Dr Otive Igbuzor expressed the delight of his boss at the Agbami partners’ magnanimous disposition to improve the education and health sectors of the nation.

In his remarks, the representative of the governor of Delta State, Hon. Patrick Ukah stated that the people of Delta State at large would not forget soon this kind gesture of the Agbami partners. He enjoined the management of Government College, Ughelli to put the facility to good use.

The vote of thanks was given by Mr Esimoje Brikinn, General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA). He appreciated the cooperation of the State officials in the course of the execution of the project and other previous ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report on the Mother And Childcare Center Donated To Chukwuemeka Oduegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital in Amaku, Anambra State

The handover and commissioning ceremony of the Mother and Childcare Center donated to the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital in Amaku, Awka Anambra State held on Tuesday, August 21, 2021.

The hybrid event which took place virtually and at the physical location in Anambra State had in attendance the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano and some members of his cabinet.

At the virtual handover ceremony, Bobby Hulett, the Director, Deepwater and PSCs represented by Michelle Obatoyinbo, General Manager, Operations explained that the Mother and Child Referral facility is a centre of excellence in Health care designed to help in ending preventable maternal deaths.

The gesture by the Agbami parties is in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) No. 3 – to improve access to Medicare and a strong focus on improving equity to meet the needs of women, children and disadvantaged populations. The Mother and Childcare Center, is fully equipped and furnished with an alternate power supply, a borehole and a fully equipped ambulance. The facility also comes with equipped Pre and Post Natal Wards, a General Ward, Pediatric wards , Theatre wards, Ultrasound, Pharmacy section, Anesthetics and recovery rooms.

NAPIMS was also in attendance at the virtual event, the GROUP GENERAL MANAGER, NAPIMS, BALA WUNTI, represented by Mr Bappah Babayo, Lead Sustainability and Development, Public Affairs Department, NAPIMS lauded the project. He commended the partnership between the Agbami parties and the government and encouraged future collaborations.

The Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital, Dr Akabuike, thanked the Agbami parties for the MCC which is very much needed in the state and committed to ensuring that the facility will be put to good use.

The Governor, who commissioned the project physically praised the Agbami parties for a well-delivered project that meets international standards.

 


Handover of Model Classroom Block to Government and Science Technical College, Gbajimba, Benue State

The virtual commissioning and handover of Model Classroom Block built and donated to Government and Science Technical College, Gbajimba, Benue State was held on Monday, 18 October 2021.

In attendance was the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency Samuel Ortom, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr Titus Uba, the state’s executive members, other members of Benue state House of Assembly, traditional rulers and other aides. The Governor and his aides were physically present at the facility. Also present were representatives of Famfa, Stardeep, Equinor, Prime 127 and NAPIMS.

The event kicked off at 11:00 am with the recitation of Nigeria’s national anthem. Ms Joy Emeghara (Stardeep) gave a safety briefing reminding all of the need to maintain a low profile due to the high level of insecurity in the nation. Mr Joseph Adeyemi (Stardeep) presented a virtual tour of the facility.

Ms Bunmi Lawson, Community Development, NAPIMS who represented NAPIMS Group General Manager, Bala Wunti mentioned that the Agbami partners will ensure sustainable growth of education in Nigeria through their various social investments. The Agbami partners in their various speeches underscored the importance of
education and their commitment to investing in education and healthcare delivery across Nigeria.

Speaking on behalf of the good people of Benue State and his government, the governor, His Excellency Samuel Ortom was grateful to the Agbami partners for constructing the model classroom in his constituency. He stated that the government and the community will ensure that the facility is preserved and make the best use of the facility.

He mentioned that there are about half a million internally displaced persons located in the community and that the government will encourage those that are willing and qualified to seize the opportunity and benefit from the Agbami partners’ gesture. The governor concluded that the educational facility is one of the best in the state.

The vote of thanks was given by Mr Esimoje Brikinn, General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA). He appreciated the cooperation of the state officials in the course of the execution of the project and enjoined them to put the facility to good use.

Report On the Mother, Child Referral Centers And General Hospital Bolori 2, Built in Konduga Lga, Borno State Held Virtually On 26th August, 2021.

The Agbami partners, FAMFA Oil Limited, Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited, Prime, NNPC and Equinor donated two fully furnished Mother, Child Referral Centres and a General Hospital to Konduga local government in Borno State.

The meeting started at 11.00 am and was hosted by Star DeepWater’s Community Engagement Representative, Mrs Joy Emeghara. She introduced the representatives of each partner of which included the GGM of NAPIMS, Mr Bala Wunti represented by Mrs Bunmi Lawson, the Director of Star Deepwater Petroleum, Mr Bobby Hulett,
Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, represented by the Commissioner of Health, Mrs Julina Bitrus and Chairman of FAMFA Oil represented by Tobi Omiwade.

Mr Bala Wunti, Group General Manager, NAPIMS, represented by Mrs Bunmi Lawson noted that the project is a fruit of partnership, in fulfilment of their corporate responsibility and focus on health care for internally displaced persons towards better health care for the state.

Honourable Mrs Julina Bitrus who represented the Governor of Oyo State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum commended the Agbami parties for the new work done towards this project and for their kind support towards the efforts at combating health care for the less privileged in Nigeria. He further charged the staff of the facility
to make effective use of the facility and gave assurance that the government will ensure the facility is maintained efficiently.

A video and picture tour of the Mother and child care centres and the General Hospital was presented by the Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs, Star DeepWater, Mr Thomas Akagbosu. He stated the project was awarded in 2018 and was completed successfully without any harm to any staff despite the insecurity in the
state of Borno. He also stated the facilities are provided with a 100KVA generator set and a borehole and also included a Post Natal Ward, Pre Natal Ward, General Ward, Ultra Sound, Paediatrics Ward, Theatre 1 and 2, Anesthetics Recovery Room and a Pharmacy.

Closing Remarks were made by the Permanent Secretary of Health, Doctor Mohammed Ghuluze. He stated he and the State was appreciative of the efforts towards the facilities provided by the Agbami partners

Talking Points by Mr. Modupe Alakija, Chairman, Famfa Oil Limited During the Commissioning of Block of Classrooms at Government College Ughelli, Delta State, Thursday March 18, 2021

  • Deputy Senate President, Senator representing Delta Central, Sen. Ovie Omo Agege.
  • His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.
  • Member Representing Ughelli North/South/Udu Federal Constituency, House of Representatives, Hon. Rev. Ejiroghene Waive
  • Member representing Ughelli North 1, Delta State House of Assembly Hon. Oniyere Charles Whomrowho
  • Executive Chairman, Ughelli North Local Government Ughelli – Hon. Godwin Adode
  • The Honorable Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education Chief Patrick Ukah
  • Commissioner for Oil & Gas Ministry, Emma Amgbadugba
  • Permanent Secretary Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education
  • Head, Advocacy & Mentoring, Ministry of Basic  & Secondary Education
  • Chief Inspector of Education, Warri North Local Government Area Ughelli
  • Representatives of Agbami Parties:
  • The Group General Manager, NAPIMS
  • Director, Deepwater & Production Sharing Contracts, Star Deepwater Petroleum Ltd,
  • The Managing Director, Prime 127 Nigeria Limited
  • The Managing Director, Equinor Nigeria Energy Company Limited
  • Gentlemen of the Press
  • Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

It is my honor to join the Parties in the Agbami Field in welcoming you to this event. FAMFA is proud to contribute to the development of the education and health sectors of our country, Nigeria.

Through these projects, FAMFA is collaborating with our investment parties to provide educational infrastructures and improved healthcare delivery in our country. 

We have been fulfilling our Corporate Social Responsibility role to Nigeria through our Social Investments in various parts of the country. We have completed several projects and have continued to implement more projects to improve healthcare delivery across the country, enhance quality education, and economic empowerment for our young ones.

We are happy that this block of classrooms is one of several other projects donated by the Agbami Parties, to various educational and health institutions across Nigeria, including 28 chest clinics and 39 science laboratories complexes, for the development of the health and education sectors. That is why we are pleased to be at this ceremony.

I congratulate the government and the people of Delta State and urge you to make the most use of these facilities.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Modupe Alakija,

March 2021

 

 

Meet Tolu a Geoscientist at Famfa Oil Limited #IWD2021

Today we are honouring all the amazing women that make up the Famfa Oil Limited board, staff, friends, allies and community. Thank you for making us better!  To mark this special day, we bring you into the world of some of our wonder women who have chosen to challenge themselves by encouraging the education of the girl child in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics courses (STEM).
Meet Tolu, a Geoscientist at Famfa Oil Limited.
Who is a Geoscientist?
 A Geoscientist studies the physical aspects of the
Earth.
How did you get into this field? Share your journey…
I had always wanted to be a Lawyer but as fate would have it, I drifted to science. After my Pre-degree program, I decided that I wanted to pursue a more tasking and unusual course to study. That was when I opted for Geophysics and to the glory of God have never regretted the decision I took years back.
What are the challenges you have faced getting to where you are?
Over the years, one of the major challenges I’ve faced working in the oil and gas industry is the Limited resources and data to work with. In the past, I have experienced challenges with work-life balance and gender inequality. However, with time and experience, I have learned how to manage my time and manage people.
How has Famfa enabled your success as a female in a male-dominated field?
One of the things I really appreciate about Famfa is the implementation of training and mentorship programs.  We have the opportunity to travel and be trained by the world’s best.  This in turn has helped improve my overall work performance. I believe continuous learning is vital to stay on top in such a competitive industry
Any words for fellow women who want to toe your line in a male-dominated world (quotes, the mantra you live by etc.)
I have two beautiful quotes I work with “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”- Benjamin Franklin
“The greatest glory in living lies not in falling, but in rising every time we fall.”- Nelson Mandela

Meet Michelle a Facilities Engineer at Famfa Oil Limited #IWD2021

Today we are honouring all the amazing women that make up the Famfa Oil Limited board, staff, friends, allies and community. Thank you for making us better!  To mark this special day, we bring you into the world of some of our wonder women who have chosen to challenge themselves by encouraging the education of the girl child in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics courses (STEM).

Meet Michelle a Facilities Engineer at Famfa Oil Limited

Who is a Facilities Engineer?

Facilities Engineering comprises a group of teams working together to design, review and implement processes or improvements in the operation or construction of a facility such as the Agbami FPSO. In the oil and gas industry, facilities engineering is made up of Process Engineers, Construction Engineers, Subsea Engineers and other Discipline Engineers. These sub-groups work together to support operations at the facility.

 

How did you get into this field? Share your journey…

Through school, I toyed with various ideas including studying medicine or architecture as I was always drawn to the sciences and technical subjects. I thoroughly researched various courses and found Chemical Engineering to be a robust course, which qualified graduates for a career in various sectors. I completed my undergraduate studies (as well as Master’s Degree) at Imperial College.

I then applied to Famfa Oil Limited for a Facilities Engineering position and was delighted to be given the role.

 

What are the challenges you have faced getting to where you are?

When I first started work as a Facilities Engineer, I was thrown in at the deep end. I was required to do a lot of learning on the job and it was a steep learning curve. One memory that stands out was from my first trip to the FPSO: as a recent starter, I had to give a presentation to a room full of very experienced male operators.  I faced similar challenges at the start, but I am blessed to be part of a great collaborative team who have helped me to overcome such challenges.

There was also the challenge of being one of very few women on the team, although I was used to that from my course at university. The truth is I don’t even notice it now.

Lastly, of course, there is the balancing act many women have to perform: sustaining a demanding career while trying to be a present wife and mother. The reality, however, is that you have to do all well: when one suffers, the other is affected.

 

How has Famfa enabled your success as a female in a male dominated field?

Other than providing me with that all important career start, Famfa has equipped me with the tools to succeed such as the various overseas training in areas of my interest and specialization. I will also commend Famfa for creating a level playing field for men and women in terms of training, rewards and career progression.

Any words for fellow women who want to toe your line in a male dominated world (quotes, mantra you live by etc.)

“Comfort is the enemy of Success”. Stepping out of one’s comfort zone is where success and achievement lies.

Happy International Womens Day #IWD2021 #ChoosetoChallenge

Today we are honouring all the amazing women that make up the Famfa Oil Limited board, staff, friends, allies and community. Thank you for making us better!  To mark this special day, we bring you into the world of some of our wonder women who have chosen to challenge themselves by encouraging the education of the girl child in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics courses (STEM).

Meet Erdo a Geologist at Famfa Oil Limited

How did you get into this field? Share your journey…

I was around the age of fourteen when I stumbled across an elementary book. The book illustrated the very basics about the study of the Earth (Geology).  I immediately picked and developed an intense interest for it. This became a dream that I held on to, even before discovering and learning about the interesting oil and gas aspect of the course.

I was offered an admission to study Micro biology at university but I rejected the offer and intentionally pursued my dream course. Eventually I gained admission to study Geology at Bsc level.

Geology was and is still my first love and interest plug!

 

What are the challenges you have faced getting to where you are?

It has been a smooth journey, a journey filled with so many bumps, curves and tears. It has also been very interesting and worthy of every fibre of my being. It has been a journey of complete focus and determination.

 

How has Famfa enabled your success as a female in a male dominated field?

Working at Famfa has been great!  I have gained knowledge and invaluable experience.  Famfa has enabled my growth and success in a thousand and one ways. I have been exposed to world class trainings etc. Although I have faced challenges that would have ordinarily sent me off and packing out of the field, Famfa always provides its giant shoulders for me to sail on.

 

Any words for fellow women who want to tow your line in a male dominated word (quotes, mantra you live by etc.)

I have two beautiful quotes I work with “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”- Benjamin Franklin

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”- Nelson Mandela

I want girls and females to develop their level of self-esteem and confidence. I want them to be knowledgeable and driven understanding that they can achieve anything they set their mind too.

 

Famfa Oil Update on CACOVID activities

FAMFA Oil is a member of the CACOVID initiative. On the expenditure side, CACOVID has far incurred expenditure, in the sum of N43,272,562,831 on the acquisition of, not only medical equipment and supplies but also Food palliatives for the vulnerable amongst us. The funds raised by CACOVID was used to support 3 key priorities. These priorities include;

  1. Medical Facilities and Equipment – Working with other stakeholders, CACOVID developed 39 fully equipped isolation centers across the 36 States of the Country including the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT). The sum of N4,194,262,899 was spent on Building Isolation Centers. In addition, medical equipment such as PCR test kits for suspected cases of COVID-19 was procured along with other required medical items at a cost of N9,017,561,723. This support by CACOVID enabled many states to deal with an unexpected surge in cases of COVID-19.
  2. Food Relief Programs – As part of our efforts to cushion the effects of the lockdown on vulnerable Nigerians affected by the restrictions in movement, CACOVID provided palliatives in the form of essential food items to 1.7m households, which is equivalent to supporting 8 million Nigerians. A total of N28,767,590,517 was spent procuring these Food supplies. These palliatives were acknowledged and disbursed by various state governments, and a schedule showing the various quantities and dates of delivery will also be posted on our website for public scrutiny. Our intention for distributing these items through the State Government, just like in the case of the isolation centers was based on the thinking that the state governments have the closest contacts with the most vulnerable in our society for whom this support was meant.
  3. Communication Plans – CACOVID also worked to improve awareness in rural communities on the COVID-19 virus, and the measures community health workers and other members of society should take when someone in the community is suspected of having symptoms similar to that of COVID-19. Print, TV, radio, and social media were leveraged as part of CACOVID communication plans.