By Hector Igbikiowubo & Clara Nwachukwu
VIENNA, AUSTRIA—SWEETCRUDE, Nigeria’s monthly energy industry news magazine is eliciting tremendous interests and accolades at the ongoing member countries’ exhibitions to mark the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, which opened in Vienna, Austria, Monday.
Visitors to the exhibitions, which included school children in secondary schools trooped to the Nigerian stand to avail themselves with copies of the publication, which was printed in Vienna.
Apart from receiving accolades for its high quality and content presentation, which some of the visitors said compared favourably with any international publication, they also said it offered them the opportunity to read and learn a lot about Nigeria and its energy industry.
Leading delegates and guests to the Nigerian stand after officially declaring the exhibitions open, Secretary General of OPEC, Mr. Abdalla Salem El-Badri, picked a copy, went through some of the contents and pronounced it “very good.”
The OPEC scribe’s pronouncement led to a deluge of interests not only in the paper but also to the Nigeria stand, with SweetCrude team answering questions about the nation’s oil industry, especially as Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer among the OPEC member countries.
Apart from its growing popularity at the exhibitions, SweetCrude was also officially endorsed by the Nigerian Embassy in Austria.
Charge d’Affairs at the Embassy, Mr. Nkemjika Ekedede, told SweetCrude in an interview that the publication complemented Federal Government’s effort in showcasing potentials of the oil and gas industry to the world.
Ekedede who said the publication would attract more foreign direct investment to the sector, which is the bedrock of the economy, said: “In my opinion, this is one of the best things that can happen to the oil industry in Nigeria.
I have always said that the electronic and print media have a duty to disseminate government’s positions and efforts in this very critical sector of the economy, and SweetCrude has come at the right time.
“I have gone through the contents of the paper, and from what I read, it is very rewarding and I believe it will continue to be well accepted within the community of readership in Nigeria and beyond.
I commend the initiators of this wonderful publication, and it complements the efforts of government in letting the world know about the very wonderful disposition of government in our oil industry, especially in trying to expose to the world the need for more investments in the industry in Nigeria.
“I pray you keep up with the good work. The quality is wonderful and compares favourably with some of the international newspapers you have around.”
The Charge d’Affairs also promised to use the paper as one of the information pieces for the mission´s investment promotion drive in Austria.
While each day is set aside for each member country to showcase its culture and developments in its oil and gas industry, Friday has been set aside as Nigeria day.
SweetCrude is a publication of the Vanguard Media Limited, one of Nigeria’s leading newspaper chain. An electronic copy of the publication can also be accessed online on www.vanguardngr.com throughout the month.