on activities of AAPG's Africa International Region was prepared by
Adekunle "Kunle" Adesida, the region's president.
of the APPG Africa International Region, is exploration adviser, Shell
Petroleum Development, 21/22 Marina, Lagos, Nigeria; telephone -- 234
1 260 1600, ext. 65315; cell -- 234 803 446 5315; fax -- 234 1 263 6681.
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AAPG Africa International Region has come to stay, thanks to the coordinated
effort of all members, the headquarters staff in Tulsa and both the
out-going and in-coming Executive Committee members.
On July 1 the
newly elected executive officers took their various offices -- a position
of honor and high responsibility to represent their fellow members while
encouraging other qualified fellows and colleagues to join in shaping
and formulating the society's geological needs.
One of the
values of an earth scientist is to contribute to the finding, appraisal
and development of economic mineral(s) that will assist in creating
values and empowering the nation, state and the people. AAPG is an international
association and is not in want of these value creators.
Hence, in continuation
of propagating these values through due diligence, the following astute
geoscientists have been elected by their members to the executive offices
of AAPG Africa International Region. They are:
President-elect -- Deborah E. Ajakaiye (will serve as the region's
president -- Kingsley A. Ojoh (two-year term).
-- Nosa Omorodion (two-year term).
Advisory Council Observer -- Emmanuel Enu (three-year term).
(and alternates) to the AAPG House of Delegates (three-year terms)
-- Delegates are James Kofi Agbenorto, Adedoja R. Ojelabi, Diamond
Anthony Omene and Celestine Ugwu; alternates are Sebastian G. Martins
and Jeff B. Aldrich.
The newly elected
team joins me, Adekunla Adesida, the region's president for 2004-05,
to run the affairs of your Association in Africa.
I am looking
forward to working together as a formidable team, and to achieve our
set objectives for the growth and development of AAPG and stakeholders,
we will continue to consult and communicate with you, i.e. our membership,
as deemed appropriate.
As stated in
our September 2003 report, "Societies are the fabric of high integrity,
honesty, fairness and responsible family life. They build on individual
and group appreciation of sustainable life."
In view of
this, we as a team will continue to unravel the earlier recognized and
enumerated challenges -- and unlock the potentials in our membership.
four out of the six major thrusts or targets set toward enhancing the
growth and development of AAPG in Africa were met. They include:
The Africa Region won the top prize of US $1,250 for the effort in
the 2003-04 AAPG Membership Enhancement Drive (see July EXPLORER).
a continental survey on the number of university and polytechnic schools
in the Africa Region where geosciences subjects are being taught.
membership was able to increase the number of Africa Region representatives
in the House of Delegates from two to four members, and with two alternatives.
Bravo to all!
to promote a high professional and ethical standard and respect for
people among our membership.
As stated in
the September 2003 EXPLORER, we promised to continue to strive to achieve
our set and collective objectives. Thanks to all members that continue
to identify with this program.
is the concern of low participation of members from African countries
in the executive position and committees. To improve this we are working
to set up more relevant committees and create sub-regions under the
umbrella of the Africa International Region.
(We urge you
to volunteer to serve in these committees once they are announced.)
standards, it is sad to note that one of our student members was de-listed
for not meeting the ethical standard of our Association.
We hope this
will not happen again. We must remember that we are representing our
various organizations, international or independent companies in AAPG.
I am sure that you will take out more than what you are bringing in.
Our value is
hinged on sharing our technology, knowledge, best practices -- and we
must not compromise ethical standards.
first West Africa Deepwater Regional Conference, jointly organized by
NAPE and AAPG, will be held Nov. 14-18 at the Sheraton Hotel and Tower
in Abuja, Nigeria.
The theme is
"The Regional West Africa Deepwater."
Sonangol, ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, NNPC, Total and Shell etc. The
meeting co-chairs are Adebayo Akinpelu of ChevronTexaco, Nigeria (IPP,
Africa Region) and Promise Egele of Shell Petroleum Development Co.,
Port Harcourt, Nigeria (NAPE president).
Abuja is Nigeria's
new federal capital city, located at the geographical center of the
country, and has several features that endear it to many visitors local
details on the conference and exhibition