The Effect of Multiple Regulatory Regimes on the Nigerian Petroleum Industry

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The Effect of Multiple Regulatory Regimes on the Nigerian Petroleum Industry

Amid Adekunle, (Manager Environment &, Regulatory Compliance,) Operational Excellent/Safety and Environmental Division,, Chevron Nigeria Mid-Africa Business Unit, Nigeria

Attention is usually focused on the legal and institutional frameworks for environmental management in Nigeria's oil industry. This area of environmental management is one in which the oil industry is confronted by the reality of multiple regulators. It has been observed that there is an absence of effective collaboration among the three tiers of government in the first instance and between government (at the three levels of the federal arrangement) and the oil industry, in another instance. This paper focuses on how and why the required collaboration should be nurtured and expanded in the context of existing legal, institutional and structural frameworks for environmental management. It offers a critique of these frameworks, weaknesses to be addressed and the gaps to be filled in the interest of the oil and gas industry, the government, stakeholders and the economy of the country.

Prince Amid Adekunle is one of the most seasoned Petroleum Geologist and Environmental Management Specialist in Nigeria, having spent over 26 years in Chevron Texaco. After graduating in 1975 at the North East Illinois University, Chicago, USA with a B.Sc. degree in Earth Science (Geology) Cum Lauda, he proceeded to the University of Texas for an advance drilling technology course in 1976 and from there to University of Akron, Ohio from 1978 – 1979 where he obtained the Masters of Arts/Science (Energy Management and Public Administration/Planning). Thereafter, he was employed by Heidelberg & Clarry Associates Inc, USA as Site Environmental Geologist in 1979. With this background he returned to Nigeria in 1980 to work for Gulf Oil Company Nigeria Limited as Reservoir Engineer. By 1983 he had been promoted to Senior Safety and Environmental Engineer, a post that entailed constant updating the Business Unit and Operations, focusing on Safety & Environmental issues that could impact exploration/operations. Prince Amid Adekunle is a pioneering staff of the prestigious Health and Safety Division of Chevron Texaco. As a highly responsible officer of the company, he had represented the company in various important committees, including: - Operation Sub-Committee - Drilling Sub-Committee - Environmental Sensitivity Index Mapping Committee, - Clean Nigeria Association (CNA) an Oil Spill Response Cooperative Committee - Safety and Environment Sub-Committee - Liasing with/coordinating with community within Chevron Texaco areas of operation, OMPADEC, NDDC. - Current chairman Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Lagos Chapter He became the authority on Environment and Safety issues as they relate to Up-stream and Down-stream Oil and Gas Production and Utilization and so he was always representing Chevron-Texaco in all aspects of work in these areas. Indeed, he had on a number of occasions offered his expertise to other public interest outside the Chevron-Texaco. For example, he facilitated a number of Bills in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Such Bills include: - The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency Bill - The National Environmental Standards Enforcement and Regulatory Agency Bill - The Ecological Agency Bill, etc. Prince Amid Adekunle is a member of many professional bodies, namely: - Associate Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) 1983 - Fellow of the Nigerian Environmental Society (FNES) 2000 - Member of the American Management Association, 1992 - Associate Member, American Institute of Mechanical Engineers (A.I.M.E.) - Member of the America Association of Petroleum (AAP) - WHO’S WHO Environmental Registry, California USA He has published a number of important papers in his areas of specialization (12 papers) which have earned him recognition both nationally and international. Actually, in recognition of his accomplishment, Prince Adekunle bagged the Nomination of the Executive Governor of Lagos State as a member of the Lekki Free Trade Zone Implementation Committee in 2005 and several positions and awards, which include: - Lagos State Government Award for contributions as a member of the Environmental Physical Planning Committee of the Lagos State Transition work Group in 1999. - Best Employee of the Year in 1999, in Ventura, California. - Man of the Year Award (2002) by the American Biographical Institute and Board of International Research - Chairman, Lagos State Chapter, Nigeria Environmental Society (NES), 2005 to date. Prince Adekunle serves his community at various capacities and he is a member of the prestigious Ikoyi Club, Oriwu Club, the Chairman of ‘THE GROUP” Shamsel-Deen Society of Nigeria Ikorodu, A member of the Planning and Strategy Committee of the Independent Campaign Group (ICG) for 2003 elections in Lagos State, Founder and Leader of “Mandate Group”, a caucus in the Alliance for Democracy; etc. In 2007 Amid contested for Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the Lagos East Senatorial District under the platform of Democratic Peoples Alliance, (DPA) and came third. This in spite of his busy schedule, combining work with active campaign.

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