In November 2010, I took the decision to join BOG. What ensued over the next ten years has been the most transformative experience of my career.

I have seen BOG achieve many milestones and grow to become a reference point in some of its product and service offerings. Securing a multimillion-dollar contract for Procurement & Supply of Deep Offshore Carbon Steel Linepipes for Total Egina project in 2013 was momentous. The company also supplied tons of OCTG and linepipes to Addax, Seplat, Agip and other MFOs from 2011-2015.

Other milestones that I delightfully remember include:

*Supplier Delivery Performance Awards from Shell and Addax in 2012.

*Award of the first major multi-year manpower contract from Chevron in 2013.

*Set up of the only GRE pipes spooling plant in PH in 2015 with the first Category A NCEC issued by NCDMB.

*Groundbreaking ceremony for project Evolution in September 2020.

As with life, the company has had its fair share of challenges through the years, the Covid-19 pandemic being an unprecedented speed-breaker on this incredible journey. However, the company is poised for recovery. In the pandemic, the company broke ground for its biggest project in history – Project Evolution, which will be commissioned this year. There is no better way to commemorate this 20th anniversary than commissioning the BOG integrated facility for Pipe threading/machine shop services, valve assembly & maintenance.

I’ve benefited immensely from working in BOG as I have grown with the company. Coming in with supply Chain Management and marketing skills, I’ve developed capacity and additional skills in:

*Strategic sourcing/category management of

specialized oilfield equipment like linepipes & OCTG

*Business development/technical B2B sales

*Sales forecasting.

*Networking / high-level stakeholder relationship management.

*Negotiation & Influence.

*Intelligence Gathering.

*OEM partnership sourcing & management.

*Strategic planning & development.

*Tender /Bid management – commercially astute, able to present competitive bids and minimize risk to the business.

* Project management etc.

 

I keep learning and evolving with the organization.

I’ve attended trade shows, witnessed Factory Acceptance Tests locally and internationally, sponsored by the company to America, Europe and Asia. So many memorable moments, such as:

*Receiving an award for Manager of the year 2012

*BOG’s 10th year anniversary celebration

*Management Retreat with Fela Durotoye

*BOG/NADABO Meeting with Mitsui in Dubai

*Representing BOG at Jiuli Factory in China, for the FAT of Shell K2S project Linepipes with Shell & Nestoil representatives.

*Representing BOG for Fiberspar Spoolable pipes product testing at NOV FGS Houston, Texas with representatives from the Department of Petroleum Resources.

*NOV Distributors’ Conference in Houston, Texas

*Nigeria Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition, Abuja

I’ve had a remarkable experience working in BOG, a company that I am unapologetically passionate about. I am optimistic and enthusiastic about the future.

Project Evolution is a strategic catalyst. I have no doubt that it will catalyze BOG’s recovery, growth and ultimate dominance in the same way that enzymes speed up chemical reactions; in some cases, millions of times faster than it would have been without it. The catalysis has begun. The result would be stentorian 🔔.

Congratulations to everyone who has kept faith with BOG on this journey and to those who will make history with BOG in the next decade as I wish BOG an expeditious recovery and a flourishing decade🎉🎊🤸💥🥂

Written by Yemi Gbeja, the  Assistant General Manager at Bell Oil and Gas 

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EJIRO ERIVONA

Position: Assistant General Manager

Ejiro Erivona has over 20 years of international experience in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry. His expertise spans Business Operations Management , Business Development, Contracts and process management in the oil service industry as well as the Exploration and production segment of the Oil and Gas Business. 

He has managed key business divisions for various multinationals like Falcon, General Electric and Baker Hughes, working in various countries in Africa and North America, leading multidisciplinary and multicultural teams to achieve stellar business outcomes. Most recently, he held the position of Senior Manager, Operations at Nigeria’s Major E&P Independent- Conoil Producing Nigeria. 

Experienced in business startups, as well as new business generation, Ejiro has a track record of closing major deals in the IOCs, NOCs and marginal field operators in the sub-continent. 

He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the university of wales and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Benin. He is also an alumnus of the Administrative College of India ( ASCI) 

Ejiro has a “Black Belt” in people and change management and has pursued the same with great flair. 

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