By Sebastine Obasi
Group Managing Director of Arco Group Plc, an indigenous oil and gas company, Mr. Alfred Okoigun has been honoured with the Fellowship of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.
The event held in Lagos, last weekend, was preceded by a lecture titled Engineering innovation and last mile development; towards a synergy between investors and research, delivered by a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe.
Speaking at the event, the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru stated that the honour bestowed on Okoigun was well deserved. He said, “How else do we honour this Nigerian who has migrated his company from that run by himself to a group of companies run by competent and tested professionals and who has on his payroll over 400 indigenous employees who deliver outstanding service operating from different offices in Lagos, Warri, Port Harcourt and London.
“In particular, he has transformed the Arco Petrochemical Engineering Company Plc into an Arco Group Plc comprising of Arco Maintenance and Engineering Limited (AMEL), Arco Worldwide Services, Arco Marine and Oilfield Services and Arco Integrity Services Limited.
“How else do you honour this passionate engineer who followed his passion true and through and has been running that engineering outfit for over thirty five years, adding and creating and re-creating value to the Nigerian oil and gas industry?
“How else do we honour this man who has continuously identified and supported various engineering initiatives in Nigeria for several decades? This is an honour well deserved. The cap really fits.”