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New book on search for peace in N/Delta for launch in Lagos

A new book, described by Chief Executive Officer, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Engr. Gbenga Komolafe, as highly innovative and an essential manual for stakeholders in the Nigerian oil and gas industry, will be launched in Lagos.

The book, titled: “No Good Deed Goes unpunished: the contentious search for peace in the Niger Delta, is authored by three retired employees of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), namely Jide Ajide, John Ashima and Oluwole Agunbiade is to be launched on Monday, November 14, 2022, at the Ebony Life emporium in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Komolafe noted in the Foreword to the book that it is innovative for many reasons, among them as a pioneering effort at firsthand narrative of the peculiarities of the Niger Delta situation from an informed upstream oil and gas perspective.

In specific terms, the book depicts the contentious relations in the Niger Delta by citing real-life case studies and through interviews conducted by the authors with scores of stakeholders, among them government officials, community leaders, women representatives, environmentalists, civil right activists, oil industry operators and representatives of non-governmental agencies. Through these interviews and case studies, the authors documented opportunities for lasting peace while also highlighting potential areas of discontent, agitation and restiveness. These contradictions, the book shows, are borne out of high expectations and sinking despair among community persons.

The authors of the book have a 95-year cumulative experience in the petroleum industry, with 36 of the years spent managing the often stormy, but occasionally cordial relationships among stakeholders in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

Over 13 chapters, including an introductory section, the book details the genesis of oil production operations in Nigeria, through different epochs of social interaction among stakeholders. Essentially, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished shows how the Nigerian oil and gas industry transited literally from the age of innocence, through a period of restrained dissent, then into full-blown militancy and, finally, to the current era of renewed hope amid foreboding anxiety. The book ends with the analysis of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), described as a reset of the clock of Niger Delta’s stakeholders’ relations.
In their reviews of the book, Professor Fonkem Achakeng of the University of Wisconsin, USA; Professor Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso of Babcock University, Ilishan, Nigeria and Mr. Toyin Akinosho, Publisher of the authoritative Africa Oil+Gas Report variously describe the book as a treasure trove for potential and current investors in the Nigerian energy sector, policy makers desirous of making the difference, researchers into the Niger Delta crisis and, generally, those seeking knowledge about the complexity of motives and concatenation of forces which make Niger Delta peace both elusive and essential. The public presentation of the book, which starts at 2pm, will have in attendance the executives of multi-national oil companies, independent petroleum producers as well as academics drawn from universities offering courses in Mass Communications and Journalism.

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