Engr. Charles Odita's recent press brief at the Delta State Economic and Investment Summit that was held in Asaba, Delta State on 26th August,2016

Midwestern Oil Urges Delta to Step up Power Generation

The quest by the Delta State Government to establish a solid base for industrialization might remain a mirage unless deliberate efforts are made towards ensuring power generation and availability for production purposes.

Charles Odita, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Limited, who gave the advice at the Delta State Economic and Investment Summit in Asaba, noted that state desire for massive industrial takeoff could only be realized with a solid power base in place.

While commending the State Government for its concerted efforts at “providing the right and enabling environment for private participation and investment”, he stressed the need for Delta State to generate its own power.

Odita pointed out that the state government quest for huge industrialization would continue to be hampered by poor energy supply despite that the state had a “large share of gas reserve”.

Most of the megawatts (MW) of power generated from the state is not within the power of the state to control as it is fed into the National Grid, he observed.

He noted that since all facets of industrialization demand energy to run them successfully and profitably in a sustainable way, the issue of regular and readily available power supply could not be over-emphasized.

He said he also shared the views of former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof Chukwuma Charles Soludo, that to launch Delta State industrially required huge financial outlay.

The Midwestern Oil boss, therefore, urged stakeholders, particularly oil and gas bearing communities to brace up to the challenge by venturing into the upstream sector of the industry through meaningful investment.

“A lot of finance is required to support any meaningful and sustainable industrialization effort”, Odita noted, adding that the host communities could pool resources together and also take advantage of the Nigerian or local content launch pad existing in the country.] Moreover Odita appealed to the people, especially youths involved in various agitations, to give peace a chance as the disruption of the operations of oil companies through destruction of pipelines and oil facilities are counterproductive.

Insecurity remains a centrifugal force that scares off existing and potential investors, he noted, adding that all hands must be on deck to tackle the problem of insecurity as international investors who naturally expect returns from their investment could not afford to lose their valuable infrastructure to violent agitators.

He noted that the Okowa administration was treading the right path with its disposition to economic and investment issues, as inward-looking mechanism remained the best way to go in the desire to establish Delta State as the industrial hub of Nigeria after Lagos State.

Okowa Hails Midwestern Oil on CSR Projects

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has commended Midwestern Oil and Gas (MWOG) for a remarkable contribution to the growth of its host communities through its many Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.

Okowa, who made the remark during the inauguration of the Amenity ward in Kwale General Hospital and that of the rehabilitated Akala street, as well as the award of 40 scholarships to students, noted that Midwestern Oil and Gas, has over the years been a partner in the development of its host communities.
Represented by his Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, Okowa remarked that  consistently, the oil company had been showing acts of commendable corporate social responsibility.

He further promised that as a result of the company’s CSR record, there would be continued partnership with government just as government would ensure that its operations and activities in the state enjoy maximum protection.
“We are happy to say that Midwestern Oil and Gas has continued to be responsible in joining hands with government to develop its host communities. And I can therefore assure them that they will never regret coming to Kwale for their exploration activities,” Okowa said.

 

Earlier in his address, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Charles Oditah,  said the company  has established a tradition of partnering the communities in its operation area by assisting in various areas of need like provision of road networks,  provision of transformers to boost electricity supply, provision of solar-powered boreholes, building of and equipping blocks of classrooms, offer of scholarships, as well as training youths in various skill acquisition schemes, among others.
He further noted that the 20-bed Amenity ward at the Kwale General Hospital which was commissioned last Monday to provide additional comfort and privacy to patients “was constructed and fully equipped by the Midwestern JV as part of its contribution to improving health care facilities and economic development of the people of our host communities. In the same vein, we undertook the full rehabilitation of the Akala Road”, adding that, “we also have many other ongoing projects that we will also commission in a couple of months.”

Oditah who tasked the host communities to always co-operate with the company by ensuring that they also mount surveillance on the safety of oil facilities in the area to forestall vandalism, crude theft and all such vices that affect profitable production, informed that the scholarship scheme offered to the students drawn from both the community and across the state carries annual price of N150,000 to aid in the tuition, books and academic expenses of beneficiaries.

 

The Managing Director/CEO of Midwestern Oil & Gas Company Limited received an award of recognition for his contribution to the Engineering Profession by The Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE)

 

The Managing Director/CEO of Midwestern Oil & Gas Company Limited received an award of recognition for his contribution to the Engineering Profession by The Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Victoria Island branch during their Public Lecture and Induction of New members. 

He also delivered a lecture at the event, speaking on the topic “Engineering Nigeria out of recession by Engineers”.

Moved by the urgent need to get Nigeria out of recession, experts have urged engineers to rise up as innovators to provide products and services which offer something different from the norm.

The call, they said became necessary because of the multifaceted role of the engineering profession towards engendering quick recovery from economic recession by stimulating growths and development of the country.

Leading the call at a public lecture and induction of new members organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Victoria Island Branch, the Managing Director of Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Limited, Engr.Charles Odita, said engineers should play the expected role of a problem solver through initiatives that are geared towards cost reduction in conceptualisation and design through to completion process in manufacturing.

The country, he said, requires engineers at a time like this, to be solution driven, collaborate with other professionals, utilise local raw materials and manufacture for exports.

Engr.Charles Odita, who spoke on the theme: “Engineering Nigeria out of a recession by Engineers”, observed that since anything that reverses reduction in gross domestic product will take Nigeria out of recession, members of the profession must keep abreast with trends in the sector by strategically embed structured local subcontracts in all contracts awarded to foreign companies to ensure value derivation for the economy.

He stressed the need to empower small and medium scale enterprises, diversify income stream and build capacity in the area of immediate development needs of the country.

“The Nigerian Society of Engineer should work collaboratively with government towards growing the economy out of the recession. This will not only solve the immediate problem but also prepare Nigeria for recession ahead on both s global and local scale”, he said.

Contributing, the Deputy National President of NSE, Kunle Mokuolu, said members of the profession must demonstrate competence by words and by actions, come up with innovative ideas that will develop the nation.

Mokuolu who is also the president-elect of the society stated that engineers’ participation in politics was crucial, to move for change in the area of policymaking and critical infrastructural development.

Speaking on behalf of the institution national president, he explained that NSE was determined to ensure that government deploys the expertise of Nigeria engineers.

 

         


     


     

 


     

 


     

 


     

 


     

MD/CEO Midwestern Conferment as Fellow Nigerian Society of Engineers.

 

Engr.Charles Odita's Conferment as fellow Nigerian Society of Engineers.

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) on Friday 30th June 2017 conferred a fellows award of the society on our 
MD/CEOEngr. Charles Chiedu Odita. This well-deserved elevation is an indication of his laudable contributions to the cause of engineering profession in the country as the rank of fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers is a privilege reserved primarily for distinguished persons whose works have contributed to the growth of Engineering profession and the society at large.
 

 

  


  

  


     


  

 

MEDICAL OUTREACH

Relief came the way of residents of Kwale and its neighboring communities in Delta State when the Midwestern-SunTrust JV conducted its annual medical outreach in the community between November 21 – 23, 2017.

The event kicked off with a visit of the Midwestern-SunTrust JV medical team to the palace of the traditional ruler; The Oduosa 1 of Utagba-Ogbe Kingdom. The Oduosa was elated to receive the scope of healthcare services that would be provided and most importantly that no kobo would be paid by residents to access the services.

Although the primary target population was Midwestern’s host communities; Umusadege, Umusam and Ogbeani, residents of other communities benefitted as Midwestern ensured that no-one left the venue unattended to. 

To Midwestern, social responsibility is more than a phrase; it is a customary way of living, embodied in the Company’s core value positive engagement for continuous growth and development of its stakeholders. The outreach was centered on the examination and treatment of eye problems/defects as well as general physical check-up with emphasis on hypertension and diabetes management.

Midwestern’s decision to focus on optical healthcare services is hinged on the fact that the livelihood of many residents depend on their sight and when the vision is affected, their ability to support themselves and their family is impaired. This exacerbates the previously precarious finance of the family and sometimes leads to health deterioration of the kin care-giver. 

At the event, the Midwestern-Suntrust JV provided the medical personnel, equipment, medical supplies and consumables which included 500 free optical lens and frames. Around two-third of patients attended to had high blood pressure (precursor to Hypertension) with a few of them severe on presentation and without prior symptoms. Thus, patients were not aware that they were suffering from high blood pressure; consequently, being at risk of having a major medical event over the next few months to years e.g. major stroke, heart attack or heart failure, without the screening.

The Oduosa 1, speaking on behalf of the communities, expressed the people’s appreciation to the Company and added that Midwestern has been a blessing to the community.  He further urged that the event be sustained as it has positively impacted on the lives of residents of the communities.

The Company pledged its unrelenting passion to implement programmes that have a lasting impact on lives of members of its host communities. 

 

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MIDWESTERN-SUNTRUST JV Medical Outreach

 Relief came the way of residents of Kwale and its neighboring environs in Delta State on November 21, 2017 when Midwestern-SunTrust JV successfully kicked off its medical outreach program. For many residents of the town, the place to be now is the Palace of the traditional ruler of Utagba-Ogbe Kingdom. Join us there!