FENOG Nigeria Limited has emerged the best indigenous oil and gas company at the just concluded Nigeria Oil and Gas conference in Abuja.
Director, Gas, TOTAL, Bunmi Obembe, presented the plaque for the award to the Executive Director of the company, Mathew Tonlagha, at a dinner organised to celebrate participants at the conference.
According to the organiser of the conference, the company was recognised for its "innovation and excellence" in the oil and gas industry.
Tonlagha, in his remarks, dedicated the award first to God and thereafter President Goodluck Jonathan and Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Mrs. Deziani Alison-Madueke.
He described the president and the minister "as unrepentant supporters of local content in the oil industry."
He said that their support and encouragement served as catalysts for the local companies to strive for excellence in a sector hitherto dominated by foreign players.
He also commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which he described as " a mentor and motivator of Fenog" in the quest to attain greater heights and compete favourably with foreign players.
"The International Oil Companies (IOCs), especially Shell, Chevron, NAOC (Agip), Total and others have done so well to encourage the indigenous oil and gas companies. We thank them for their support and encouragement, but they can do better and they can do more".
From: The Guardian