Handshake between the Prime Minister (right) and the ‘’P-DG’’ and Country Chair of Shell Gabon (left)
Handshake between the Prime Minister (right) and the ‘’P-DG’’ and Country Chair of Shell Gabon (left)

During these visits, which were facilitated by Mr Godson Njoku before he left to take up his new role, Mr Osa Igiehon restated the desire of Shell Gabon to maintain good relations with the Government and the public authorities, based on cooperation, trust and respect.

To this end, and consistent with the efforts of his predecessor, Mr Osa Igiehon reassured the government of his commitment, particularly with regard to delivering socioeconomic development projects in Gabon.

In addition to these visits, the ‘’P-DG’’ and Country Chair of Shell Gabon took the opportunity at the farewell cocktail party in honour of Mr Godson Njoku, held at the Hotel Nomad in Libreville on 27 January, to set out the priorities of Shell Gabon for the coming years: “We must ensure that Shell Gabon’s operations continue to be sustainable and profitable in the situation in which the oil industry finds itself, with the low price per barrel, and we must strengthen the excellent relations with Shell Gabon’s key partners, including the Government, local authorities, communities, associations, non-governmental organisations and suppliers, among others. We must also continue to work to develop Gabonese talent in terms of skills and career opportunities.”

Handshake between Mr Osa Igiehon, new ‘’P-DG’’ and Country Chair of Shell Gabon and Mr Godson Njoku, former ‘’P-DG’’ and Country Chair of Shell Gabon
Handshake between Mr Osa Igiehon, new ‘’P-DG’’ and Country Chair of Shell Gabon and Mr Godson Njoku, former ‘’P-DG’’ and Country Chair of Shell Gabon

He also saluted the performance of his predecessor, who after two and a half years as head of Shell Gabon has been appointed as the Shell Group’s Executive Vice President for Production Excellence at the group head office in The Hague in the Netherlands.

The cocktail party was attended by a number of representatives of the government, including Mr Désiré Guedon, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, members of the Board of Directors of Shell Gabon, including Messrs André Dieudonné Berre and Charles Tchen, and leading figures in the Gabon oil and gas industry, such as Mrs Jacqueline Bignoumba, President of the Union Pétrolière Gabonaise [Gabonese Petroleum Union] (UPEGA) and the Managing Director of Total Gabon, Mr Henri Max Ndong Nzue, to name but two. Mr Godson Njoku took the opportunity to review achievements in the areas of production, safety, environmental protection and the development of Gabonese personnel.

In his farewell speech, Mr Godson Njoku highlighted the difficulties currently faced by the oil industry and the actions needed to find a quick way out of the crisis:

Group photo at the farewell cocktail party for Mr Godson Njoku, outgoing ‘’P-DG’’ and Country Chair of Shell Gabon
Group photo at the farewell cocktail party for Mr Godson Njoku, outgoing ‘’P-DG’’ and Country Chair of Shell Gabon

“I am aware of the situation in which our industry finds itself and the difficult times that our companies are going through. Shell Gabon, the State and all our industry partners will have to work together to restructure and adapt our businesses in a timely manner. I am confident that Gabon and our industry will emerge victorious and better equipped to face the challenges to come.

My various interactions with the state, the industry, social partners and all the employees of Shell Gabon encourage me to believe that we can meet this challenge and allow the development of a flourishing oil industry in Gabon which makes a positive contribution to the social and economic development of the country.”