Dumo Lulu-Briggs and The Platform Petroleum Paradigm

Dumo Lulu-Briggs and The Platform Petroleum Paradigm

The Taste Is in The Eating: Dumo Lulu-Briggs and The Platform Petroleum Paradigm  Dumo Lulu-BriggsPlatform Petroleum Limited, an indigenous oil

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The Taste Is in The Eating: Dumo Lulu-Briggs and The Platform Petroleum Paradigm 
Dumo Lulu-Briggs
Platform Petroleum Limited, an indigenous oil and gas company, donated a new building to the geology department of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
The gigantic edifice named Austin Avuru Building was built and donated to the department in honour of Austin Avuru, first chief executive officer (CEO) of Platform Petroleum Limited who graduated from the department in 1980.
Front view of the Augustine Avuru building

A statement signed by the GMD Platform Petroleum Holdings Limited, Amaechi Moshe said the facility “which is the first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative by the company outside of its Umutu, Delta state, operation site, came out of the wish of the company to support Avuru’s desire to reduce the huge infrastructural deficit at his alma mater.”

The entire University was agog, the Vice Chancellor’s joy new no bounds, the students of the geology department danced and sang to the glory of God and the Minister of Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu who is an alumnus of the institution was pleasantly surprised.
In his speech at the handing over ceremony,  the Chairman, Board of Directors, Platform Petroleum Group of Companies, Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu- Briggs said that the need to provide a conducive, state-of-the-art, ultra-modern educational facility, fully equipped to enhance the quality of learning and competition within internationally recognized standards and in maximum compliance with the best global practices in education, were some of the considerations that motivated the company to construct and deliver the Austin Avuru Department of Geology Building Complex to UNN.
Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Chairman, Board of Directors. Platform Petroleum Ltd

At the end of the occasion, the staff and students of the Geology Department of UNN got a befitting edifice and Platform Petroleum Ltd was satisfied with the delivery of yet another huge contribution to a needy society. But a silent and strong story was being told of how through effective and efficient resource management, one of the smallest indigenous oil and gas companies achieved many outstanding milestones in its operations within a short time of existence, including delivering on several corporate social responsibilities like the rescuing of a geological department that was so dilapidated and was about to lose accreditation.

L-R: Dumo Lulu-Briggs, A.B.C. Orjiaku, Austin Avuru, Ibe Kachikwu and HRM Dr, Edmund Daukor

Platform Petroleum Ltd has one of the smallest oil fields in Nigeria and has not had more than 2,000 barrels per day production at any given point in time. The company had done less than five million barrels of crude oil cumulatively in ten years of production. However, by adopting best international practices and with a formidable Board of Directors and very effective management team, this company through the little oil field has achieved tremendous milestones.

An elated Austin Avuru in whose honour the geology building was donated said “when you look at the things that we have achieved, you would think that we have done fifteen million barrels and that is because from the beginning, we embarked on efficient resource management”.
Platform Petroleum, a broad based company with 16 shareholders from across the country was the first of the 24 companies that were awarded marginal fields in 2004 to achieve production and has maintained steady operation ever since. The company has built a 48 kilometer pipeline to evacuate crude to the Agip fields which services three other marginal fields producers and has also built a 10,000-barrel flow station and an LPG plant. Despite being an indigenous company, it got SHELL to divest in it due to the competent manner it was being run with 200 indigenous staff.
Cutting the tape by Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Hon. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources

Not only does the company harness its crude oil and deliver to the export market, it also harnesses its gas which is delivered into the domestic market and plans a mobile LNG company that will truck gas across to consumers. The company also plans to stop gas flaring in the next two years.

When all the achievements of Platform Petroleum are put together including its corporate social responsibility programmes, the company has operated like a big firm even though it does just 2000 barrels per day.
The man who sits atop of this and several other companies is Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Platform Petroleum Group of Companies. An illustrious son of Rivers State whose desire to serve the good people of the state is well known.
Lecture room

On the achievements of his company, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs says “It is amazing but that is the story that Platform Petroleum wants to tell. That you can be small but still have the capacity to turn the oil and gas industry around if given the opportunity. It is a single asset that we have, just one small field and we have been able to do this. We hope to be the leading indigenous oil and gas company and we have demonstrated capacity, all we need is the opportunity.

“We are small but we strive to be the leading indigenous oil and gas company and that is the minimum for us. We have operated for 10 years with no down times because our relationship with our four host communities is cordial. We have done roads, built palaces, boreholes, awarded scholarships and organized skill acquisition programmes. We live by examples as Niger Deltans who have been decrying the activities of multinationals in our environments. We have our base office in the community, enhancing the people’s economic capacity. We pay our taxes, royalties, staff salaries etc. as at when due. Everybody feels a sense of ownership.
Conference Hall

“We don’t get measured by the number of breath that we take but by the moments that take our breath away and when the company decides to honour me as Chairman, a project shall be sited in Rivers State”.

This is the story of how human ingenuity backed by firm determination grew and sustained the smallest oil field into an extraordinary success story that is impacting society positively. But the words of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs kept re-echoing. He said “we have demonstrated capacity; all we need is the opportunity“.
For a man that aspires to rescue his home state from maladministration and misery, the Platform Petroleum success story is an eloquent testimony to his capacity to deliver on his vision for Rivers State. If they achieved this much from a marginal oil field, Rivers State with far more resources can become the Texas of Nigeria, if only Dumo Lulu-Briggs is given the opportunity to govern the state in 2019.
His words: “we have demonstrated capacity; all we need is opportunity” remind us of how Bola Tinubu, an Executive of Mobil Oil Nigeria became governor of Lagos State and handed over to Raji Fasola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and then to Ambode who was a civil servant for 27 years and a financial consultant before running for public office as Governor. These men had proven capacity even before they were given the opportunity to govern. Is there any wonder that Lagos is light years ahead?
When shall Rivers State be governed by somebody who has made a distinction in a career outside politics; somebody who has capacity for extraordinary feats? How long shall we continue to neglect the best for mediocrity?
The taste of the pudding, they say, is in the eating and the amazing story of Platform Petroleum Ltd, is a foretaste of things to come. Dumo Lulu-Briggs has shown capacity and all he needs to turn Rivers State around is for the people to give him the opportunity #