The Oil and Gas Stakeholders Festival, OGSFEST UYO 2022, endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Environment, is set to begin with the lighting of Torch/Flame in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital.
The 2022 edition is scheduled for Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital with the theme: “Uniting Stakeholders for Sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility Beyond Oil and Gas”.
To kick-start the 2022 edition, the Governor of Bayelsa State in company of other top government officials, and OGSFEST Ambassadors will light up the OGSFEST Torch/Flame on the 21st of July 2022 at the Peace Park Government Arcade, Yenagoa.
According to the Project Chairman, Godfrey Ajayi Sunday, the
International Oil and Gas Stakeholders Festival in Nigeria is a platform designed to engender Unity and Showcase the Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility of the Oil and Gas Sector in developing economies.
Sunday stated that the Oil and Gas Stakeholders Festival (OGSFEST) was initiated in 2018 as a response to the global oil transitioning campaign to mobilize stakeholders in the Oil and Gas economy to contribute to positive externalities for the host communities, environmental concerns, and the sustainability of existing and new Corporate Social Responsibility programs through Culture, Education, and Empowerment.
The significance of lighting the OGSFEST Torch in Bayelsa State is in recognition of the heritage of OLOIBIRI well 1-OTUABAGI [in Bayelsa State] being the first community of oil discovery in Nigeria.
“Technically, just as the Olympic Torch Relay does not represent the passing of a torch but celebrates the passing of the sacred flame from one generation to the next and symbolizes the light of spirit, knowledge, and life; The lighting of the OGSFEST Torch/Flame and passing of the OGSFEST Torch Relay from one Oil producing state to another starting from OLOIBIRI, through other Oil producing communities, in discovery-chronological order, expresses the handing down of this symbolic FLAME OF APPRECIATION OF NATURE from generation to generation.
“The OGSFEST Torch will arrive to the Oil and Gas Stakeholders Festival host city of Uyo, Akwa Ibom state on the 25th of August 2022 signalling the commencement of the Oil and Gas Stakeholders Festival a 3-day event loaded with Symposia, OGSFEST Carnival, Research Essay Presentations, Pageantry, and well-deserved Award/Dinner night.
“For the avoidance of all doubts, and, in a focused-pursuit of OGSFEST outcomes and key objectives of mobilizing Nigerian students and the academia in general to contribute to deepening the innovations and addressing the challenges for sustainable growth and development through research in the Oil and Gas industry, while contributing to Nigeria’s medium term goals, particularly in times of geopolitical and economic realignment in the Oil and Gas industry in the light of the European crisis, the entire OGSFEST Brand shall implement the following activities:
July 21st, 2022: Lighting of Oil & Gas Flame commencing the Torch Relay at Oloibiri, Oil discovery point by the Governor of Bayelsa state with Live TV/Radio commentaries and other online media coverage.
“August 25th, 2022: Arrival of OGSFEST Torch Relay at UYO, Akwa Ibom State to commence OGSFEST Symposium & Exhibition /Announcement of OGSFEST Essay winners August 26th, 2022: OGSFEST Carnival across specified routes August 27th, 2022 (World Petroleum Day) OGSFEST Essay Presentation, Pageantry & Oil & Gas Merit Award etc.
“The OGSFEST essay competition for all Nigerian Students is opened to all undergraduates and students at Universities, Polytechnic, Colleges of Education and Senior & Junior Secondary School Students”, he said.
There would be topics in various areas of Gil & Gas and environment, with submissions should be submitted in PDF format to [email protected] in July 2022.
Also, the pageantry or face of OGSFEST application is opened to young ladies between the ages of 18 and 35 with passion for advocacy in the area of Environment and Energy Transition.
Sunday, however, thanked stakeholders for their commitment towards collaborative efforts in rebuilding a robust and engaging Oil and Gas Sector that will genuinely cater for the welfare of the citizens.