By Omotilewa Quadri
The Apapa Bulk Terminal Limited (ABTL) has won the Best Port Terminal Operator Award of the Year at the Oil & Gas Lecture Series and Awards in Abuja, at the weekend.
The event tagged “Abuja 2018’’ with the theme: Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Governance Law & Global Investment Opening In The Sector” was organised by the Institute of Oil and Gas Research & Hydrocarbon studies at Nicon Luxury hotel in Abuja on Friday.
Speaking on the award, which was presented by the Deputy Chairman Advisory Board, National Institute of Oil and Gas Research and Hydrocarbon Studies, Geologist Uko Akpatang, Managing Director of Apapa Bulk Terminal Ltd (ABTL), Captain Marvin Abe said the award represents the fact that the society recognises and appreciates the quality services being rendered by the terminal.
According to him, there are other competitors in the same business, but Apapa Bulk Terminal must have been doing something different which has attracted such recognitions from the institute.
Abe, who dedicated the award to the entire team, said the company will not relent in rendering quality services but will continue its expansionary programme in the area of terminal management; cargo consolidation/operations and logistics services.
Speaking while congratulating the company, Akpatang said ABTL has demonstrated excellence in rendering services like dry bulk cargo operations; general cargo operations; liquid cargo operations and container services.
Also, Terminal Manager of ABTL, Akindele Aderemi said the recognition is well deserved going by the innovation being introduced by the present management of the company. ‘‘Since Captain Abe came on board, the company has been placing strong emphasis on safety among other things. The award will definitely spur us to do more,’’ he said.
Other recipients of awards at the event include: the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, who was recognised as the Oil & Gas Chief Executive Officer Of The Year; Sovereign Trust Insurance which got the award as Oil & Gas Insurance Company Of The Year; Diamond Technology Limited which carted away the award of Best Manpower Consultant Of The Year among others.
The lead lecturer at the award ceremony, Professor Eghosa Osagie, who spoke on the topic ‘Oil & Gas Industry, Economics & Politics in Nigeria’ said good governance is required in the nation’s quest for diversification of its economy. He commended the National Assembly for passing the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) adding that PIGB, when signed into law by the President, will create millions of jobs for Nigerians.
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