Thursday, 21 March 2013

Founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, Dr Ola Orekunrin Listed As a Young, Global Leader by the World Economic Forum

Every year, the honour of being a 'young global leader' is bestowed by the world economic forum to distinguished and inspiring individuals below the age of 40 years.
The young global leaders is a global network of peers from diverse backgrounds and fields, with the goal of significantly impacting world affairs and shaping the global agenda. It is a forum for young leaders to be a voice for the future and change agents for positive action.
2013 is proving to be a good year globally for Nigeria and Africa as a whole as distinguished and creative Africans, including Nigerians, have been recognized in this year's list of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum.
Flying Doctors Nigeria's medical director and founder, Dr Ola Orekunrin, who is barely 27 years old is one of the few Nigerians that have been honoured by the world economic forum,2013. she made the list alongside other young creative Nigerians like Cobhams Asuquo, Tara Durotoye and Alex Okosi.
The Young Global Leader nominations is a "recognition of your record of professional accomplishments, your commitment to society and your potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through your inspiring leadership”.
Dr Ola is a medical doctor and a trained helicopter pilot who started flying doctors Nigeria at the very young age of 24 years old.she was recently featured on the forbe's list of 30 best Young African Entrepreneurs under the age of 30 and has been a recipient of numerous awards for excellence within and outside Nigeria.
Her aim as a flying doctor is to help save lives in Nigeria and beyond.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Highlights of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference 2013

 1. Nigeria's Oil And Gas Strategy In The Next Five Years- A New Dawn To Boost Investment And Production?

  • What are the next steps to Nigeria's oil and gas production?
  • How are the global economic crisis and uncertain oil prices impacting Nigeria?
  • How can Nigeria continue to attract investment amidst competition from other sub-Saharan African countries?
 2: Leading Lights Session
  • What is required to make Nigeria's oil and gas industry globally competitive?
  • How can countries place themselves in equal footing with other competitive resource holders?
  • Best practices in defining policy options

3: Setting Nigeria's Oil and Gas  Industry In A Domestic And Global Context- What Are The Challenges And Opportunities Ahead?
  • How are the global economic crisis and uncertain oil prices impacting Nigeria?
  • How can Nigeria continue to attract investment amidst competition from other Sub-Saharan African countries?
  • Creating an enabling environment for investment to boost oil and gas production
4: Revamping Nigeria's Oil and Gas Industry Through Increased Investment- From Upstream To Downstream
  • Boosting deep water production- what is needed to enhance investment in sector?
  • How can more players enter into deep water operations?
  • What is the best business model for the refining sector and how can private equity be obtained?

5: Panel Discussion; Gas, Power and Renewable- What Has Been Achieved And Where Are We Heading?
  • What has been achieved so far in terms of investment in the gas and power industries?
  • What is the financing strategy for domestic gas infrastructure
  • What progress has been made in electricity sector reform?
6: Leader's Panel; The Nigerian Oil And Gas Industry Moving Forward- What Are The Next Steps?
  • How will joint ventures evolve in Nigeria going forward?
  • Where will the drive for new exploration projects be?
  • Development plans in deep water projects
  • How will the PIB impact future E&P activities in  Nigeria
7: Focus On Independents; How Are Indigenous Companies Transforming The Nigerian Oil And Gas Industry?
  • Creating an enabling environment to encourage Nigerian Companies to enter and expand operations 
  • What are the fiscal and regulatory incentives that indigenous companies require?
  • How can indigenous companies access the technical know-how and financing to further their operations?
  • The divestment process from IOCs to indigenous companies: success and pitfalls?
8: Oil And Gas Stakeholders Forum; Community participation- What Has Been Achieved In Creating Win-Win Solutions For All Stakeholders In The Niger-Delta Region?
  • How are HSE initiatives impacting security in the Niger Delta Region
9: Focus on Petroleum Industry Bill- Is this A New Dawn For Nigeria?
CHAIR: Adeoye Adefulu, Partner, Odunjunrin & Adefulu
  • How will the PIB be implemented?
  • To what extent will the new fiscal terms encourage investments in deep water operations and increase production?
  • What is the impact of the PIB on indigenous Oil and Gas companies and what incentives exist?
  • What is the impact of the PIB on natural gas development projects?
10: Financing For Energy projects Along The Value Chain. What Are The Structures In Place?
  • What domestic and international markets are readily available for financial institutions in Nigeria to fund oil and gas projects?
  • What risks do bankers face in funding E&P project and what kinds of structures are used?
  • What is the appropriate framework for financing gas to power project?
  • What is the most effective ways for indigenous oil service companies to access funding in a typical Nigerian financial market? case study: The shell kobo fund.
  • How can downstream sector in Nigeria be financed sustain-ably?
11: Nigeria Content implementation So Far; How Do Different Stakeholders Interpret The Nigerian Content Act?
  • What has been achieved in Nigeria content implementation so far and what else needs to be done?
  • How have oil and gas divestment of assets boosted Nigerian content?
  • Lessons learnt from around the globe, how can Nigeria continue to succeed in Nigeria content implementation?
12: What Are The Legal And Operational Challenges And Opportunities Of Nigerian Content?
  • How can indigenous companies access adequate funding?
  • Implementing training to fill the skills gap
  • What support do suppliers need to meet operation requirements?
  • Improving the effectiveness of local contractors through technology transfer
  • Lowering costs through procurement and contracting strategies

13: What Are The Challenges And Opportunities Of Complying With Nigeria Content Requirement?
  • How do Nigeria content regulations provide a source of business opportunities?
  • How can indigenous companies access the technical know-how and training to further their operations?
  • What needs to be done to reach Nigeria content targets?
14: Human Capacity Development And HSE
  • Developing human capacity in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry
  • Remote health care in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry (Dr Ola Orekunrin, Medical Director of Flying Doctors Nigeria)
  • Nigeria: A systematic approach to managing fire safety on offshore installations
15: Gas To Power And Alternative Sources
  • Flare gas to power initiative in the Niger- Delta
  • Electricity provision to the host community MPNS sustain-ably and reliability 
  • The development of industrial estates powered by gas in non-producing oil and gas regions
  • Review on Methane Hydrate; A cost efficient potential source of future Energy
  • Gas process for power generation
  • The Nigeria midstream challenge caterpillar dynamic gas blending reducing and fuel cost 
16: Deep Water Engineering And Maintenance

  • Addressing challenge for unconventional gas condition using advanced integrated technology
  • Design for reliability in subsea production control systems
  • Oil and Gas asset life extensive
  • Asset integrity corrosion survey system
  • Flow assurance news innovating ways to manage your MEG reclamation and regeneration with pure mega

17: Flare Reduction And Gas Gathering Technology
  • Critical overview of gas flaring reduction in Nigeria Oil sector and its challenges
  • Safe and increased protection without extra flare load: has integrity pressure protection system
  • FPSO system with integrated GTL solution for associated gas
  • Associated gas haring reduction
  • A cost efferent solution for flare gas recovery
  • Innovating rotary slide drilling system: an indigenous rotary steer able system alternative.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Air Ambulances - Their Importance and Value

Have you ever heard of air ambulances? Well if not then, air ambulances are specialized aircraft where the interior has been configured as a mobile Intensive Care Unit, ICU. They are used when a more traditional means of medical transportation cannot be used to rescue a patient and transport him or her to the nearest hospital and are a new concept that is gaining a lot of importance and popularity.
Helicopters are the main form of this medical transportation, but now private Corporate Jets are also gaining a lot of popularity due to their flexibility, range, reliability, and flight comfort. This type of aircraft is significantly more flexible then other types of aircraft because of their ability to be configured with the latest intensive care unit equipment, these jets are well suited for transporting patients long distances, quickly, comfortable, and safely.
Fixed wing jet aircraft are best for transporting people who have had severe accidents or have fallen ill where they cannot be transported by conventional means either because of time or distance.For instance,An example would be during winter sports athletic competitions where there is a high probably for the competitors to face serious accidents during playing winter games.
Air ambulances are very well equipped with medical items and the quantities of medicine and specialized equipment are tailored for each specific mission. By reducing the amount of excess equipment the airplane carrying we are able to reduce the amount of weight that the aircraft has to carry. An example of this mission tailoring would be not bringing a kidney dialysis machine on a mission to transport someone who has a broken leg. All carry some standard equipment such as ventilators, CPR's, ECG's, monitoring units etc. All this equipment allows the crews to monitor and stabilize the patients till they reach to the hospital.
You do not need to worry about whether or not the crews onboard the aircraft are efficient and are very well trained. The crew knows how to handle a patient to stabilize their condition before they reach to a safe location. The crews are a team who know how to work together as a team and have the medical and flying experience. They have the experience and the training to stop profuse blood flood, any crushes and falling, cardio attack any many more.
The services that are offered by air ambulances are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week which means that whenever you call them you will be able to report to them regarding where you are stuck or have fallen ill. These services are provided for people who are within the local country or somewhere outside which means internationally as well. Once the advocate or the patient is able to contact the medical transportation provider, the flight coordinator will decide how urgent the situation is and what kind of medical treatment is needed for the patient to stabilize them before he or she is admitted to the hospital.
Air ambulances are also called Aero-medical evacuation, Medevac, Airevac, and Medical Flight. There are many different agencies that own or one can say operate aircraft configured as ambulances. Two of the main agencies are the government and those owned by private enterprise agencies.
Written by John Bohn, a professional pilot with Mercy Jets.

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