Pablo Picasso once said: “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”
I realize that a graduate education in the petroleum industry is central to my plan to achieve my career ambitions. Accordingly, in line with Pablo Picasso’s reasoning, I wish to acquire a PTDF scholarship to set me on the path to fulfilling my aspirations. I shall highlight cogent reasons why I need this scholarship in subsequent paragraphs.
My interest in the petroleum sector piqued after a long and educative chat with a renowned lecturer and geoscientist, Dr. Abraham Opatola. He had described the intricacies of the industry and demystified its components and at the end, I had come to understand aspects of the industry, ranging from the technical to business and logistics.
An internship in 2015 with the University of Lagos Geosciences Seismic Workstation provided me the opportunity to garner skills required in seismic interpretation, basin evaluation, petrophysics, and research. My persistent hard work and dedication paid off as I was selected as one of the two undergraduates among a team of five to represent my school in the global AAPG Imperial Barrel Awards competition in 2016, making it to the National finals.
I graduated at top of my class with an 87.4% average from the Geology department also receiving the prestigious “University of Lagos Outstanding Leaders Award” after serving as General Secretary for the departmental student body. I have also forged ahead to acquire over five additional certifications in the field of Oil and Gas and Geographic Information Systems from bodies such as ESRI and Coursera.
Passion for this sector drove me to undertake the responsibility of training NYSC corps members and interns in the field of petroleum geoscience at my place of primary assignment, Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. I am also a member of a number of professional bodies including NAPE, AAPG, and EAGE.
Asides the provision of a grand opportunity to develop the requisite skills and knowledge necessary to contribute my quota to the Nigerian economy, the PTDF scholarship will help ease the financial strains of gaining a graduate education; being the firstborn among four children to civil servant parents.
With a maximum crude oil production of 2.7 million barrels per day as at January 2018, Nigeria ranks as Africa’s largest producer of oil and the sixth largest producer in the world according to NNPC; it is apparent that petroleum continues to be a major contributor to the nation’s economy. It is for this reason that I have chosen Petroleum Economics and management from IFP as my first choice course of study. I wish to combine the disciplined study of economic principles with a deep understanding of the dynamic and constantly evolving energy industry. I also want to contribute to the Nation’s adoption of best practices regarding formulating economic policies.
I am confident that this degree will augment my present technical skill set with key micro and macro modelling techniques that will boost my understanding and application of critical aspects of financial analysis in the petroleum sector. This academic qualification, once obtained, would afford me the chance to function in roles from technical to supervisory and managerial positions.
Finally, winning this scholarship will bring me one step closer to my long-term goal of acquiring a Ph.D. in the field of Oil and Gas assets management and returning to the academia to impart industry rich knowledge and experience on future generations.