By Sumaila Ogbaje
Stakeholders in the oil and gas sector have committed to continue to support positive externalities for host communities and to address their environmental concerns.
They also reiterated their commitment to the sustainability of existing and new corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs through culture, education and empowerment.
Mr. Godfrey Sunday, Project Chairman, Oil and Gas Stakeholder Festival (OGSFEST UYO 2022), disclosed in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Sunday said the International Oil and Gas Festival in Nigeria was a platform designed to engender unity and showcase the CSR impact of the oil and gas sector in developing economies.
He said OGSFEST was launched in 2018 in response to the Global Oil Transition Campaign to mobilize players in the oil and gas economy to contribute to the positive development of host communities.
According to him, OGSFEST, which has been approved by the Federal Ministry of Environment, should start with the lighting of the OGSFEST torch/flame in Yenagoa, Bayelsa.
“The 2022 edition is expected to be held at Uyo in Akwa Ibom with the theme: “Uniting Stakeholders for Sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility Beyond Oil and Gas.
“To kick off the 2022 edition, Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa, along with other senior government officials, and OGSFEST Ambassadors will light the OGSFEST Torch/Flame on July 21 at the Peace Park Government Arcade, Yenagoa,” he said.
Sunday said the program was intentionally designed to bring together governors of oil-producing, pipeline-affected and oil prospecting states, as well as key stakeholders.
He said the goal was to explore opportunities for environmental development collaborations.
According to him, the significance of lighting the OGSFEST torch at Bayelsa is in recognition of the legacy of the Oloibiri 1-Otuabagi well being the first oil discovery community in Nigeria.
“The OGSFEST torch will arrive in the host city of Uyo, Akwa Ibom on August 25, signaling the start of the festival.
“The three-day event is loaded with symposiums, carnival, research essay presentations, pageantry and a well-deserved awards/dinner party,” said.
Sunday therefore thanked stakeholders for their commitment to collaborative efforts in rebuilding a robust and engaging oil and gas sector that would truly respond to the well-being of citizens. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)