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Arukhe seeks Govt policies that promote local content and technology transfer, elected to NSE



James Arukhe, an oil & gas expert, has called on the federal government to deepen policies that will promote local content and technology transfer, as he stated that those measures will empower Nigerian engineers and contribute significantly to the nation’s socio-economic development.

He stated that strengthening partnerships between the public sector, private industry, and academic institutions is essential to foster innovation, enhance skill development, and ensure the implementation of best practices in the engineering sector.

Arukhe, recently elected to the fellowship grade of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), said the development of the engineering sector is crucial for national growth and sustainability, as he urged the government to prioritize investments in infrastructure, education, and research and development.

Arukhe, a petroleum engineering specialist who has shaped the production operations of the world’s largest oilfields; Saudi Aramco, Shell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and Petro-Canada, said the future of the petroleum engineering sector in Nigeria is promising, yet it demands innovation and adaptation to overcome contemporary challenges such as environmental sustainability and global competition.

‘’Innovations in enhanced oil recovery techniques, renewable energy integration, and digital transformation, including the use of artificial intelligence and data analytics in exploration and production, are crucial. Embracing these innovations will not only ensure the continuous production of crude oil but also position Nigeria as a leader in sustainable energy production globally, he enthused.

On being elected to the fellowship grade of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), he stated that it is a profound honour and a testament to his years of dedication, hard work, and contributions to the engineering field in Nigeria and beyond.

‘’It signifies recognition by my peers for the innovative solutions and leadership I have brought to the engineering sector. This accolade not only elevates my professional standing but also reinforces my commitment to excellence, innovation, and mentorship in engineering’’, he asserted.

He stated that his contributions to the NSE will leverage his experience as his ‘’ journey to this point has equipped me with a wealth of experience, insights, and a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the engineering sector. His portfolio of innovation, marked by over 40 U.S. patents, underscores his commitment to advancing the oil and gas sector through technology.

He asserts that he brings to the NSE a vision for transformative change, characterized by the adoption of cutting-edge technologies, sustainable engineering practices, and the development of a robust framework for professional growth and ethical standards. ‘’My leadership will focus on enhancing the skills of our members, fostering innovation, and advocating for policies that support the growth of the engineering sector in Nigeria.’’