Sterling Bank Plc, one of Nigeria’s leading commercial banks, has won the Local Content Bank of the Year 2019 Award of the Petroleum ne of Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the growth of indigenous companies in the oil and gas industry.
PETAN is an association of indigenous technical oilfield service companies operating in the upstream and downstream sectors of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
The award was presented to the bank at PETAN’s 14th Annual Oil Industry Achievements Awards Dinner which held in Lagos recently with the theme, “The oilfield of the future operational excellence.”
Head, Upstream Oil and Gas of Sterling Bank, Dr. Luka Marne, who received the award on behalf of the bank from the Chairman of PETAN, Mr. Bank Anthony Okoroafor, remarked that the recognition will encourage the bank to continue to support operators in the industry.
According to him, “We are excited to receive the prestigious Local Content Bank of the Year 2019 Award from Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria. This award recognizes the commitment of the Corporate and Investment Banking Directorate at Sterling for supporting the Nigerian Local Content initiatives. We are proud of this award and will continue to seek innovative ways of boosting local content in the Upstream, Midstream and downstream sub-sectors of the Oil and Gas industry.”
In his welcome address, Mr. Okoroafor said PETAN remains committed to partnering with all stakeholders to create the enabling environment for the industry to thrive.
He said PETAN is made up of Nigerian indigenous oilfield service companies and was founded to utilise the technical know-how acquired in the oil and gas industry by Nigerians as a springboard for economic and technological advancement.
According to him, PETAN companies employ over 20,000 engineers and other technical personnel with a direct employment of about 80,000 people. PETAN companies also offer 250 distinct technical services to the Nigerian oil industry and many of these companies now offer similar services in Mauritania, Ghana, Cameroun, Equitorial Guinea, Congo, Gabon, Chad, Angola, South Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia and the United States.
The event was graced by senior executives of international oil companies (IOCs), government policy makers and top political leaders who shared ideas on the Nigerian oil industry.
Also, Sterling Bank Plc was adjudged the third best place to work in Nigeria and on the African continent at the 6th edition of the Great Place To Work (GPTW) in Lagos recently.
The bank also clinched the Best in Leadership (large corporate) and Best Workplace for Millennial Generation awards at the GPTW. Sterling Bank had emerged as the 26th amongst the Top 100 Place to Work in Nigeria in the 2018 edition.
Overall, about 96 firms and women who have distinguished themselves in various industries and top management levels received certification and awards at the ceremony after a rigorous selection process.
The organisers said the event attracted entries from more than six African countries including Kenya, Cote D’Ivoire, Senegal, South Africa, Namibia and Egypt.
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