Conference tackles energy issues in Africa

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The only academic centre in the country to research fracking is holding a one-day conference on the African energy sector.

The University of Buckingham Centre for Extractive Energy Studies (UBCEES) is hosting the free event, entitled Current Legal and Policy Issues in the African Energy Sector, on Wednesday October 29.

Open for all to attend, it will take the form of a round table conference featuring noted experts, from 2pm to 5pm at the Radcliffe Centre.

Speakers include the first vice-president of the Nigerian stock exchange, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, and the group chief executive of African integrated energy company Oando plc, Wale Tinubu.

The Extractive Energy Studies Centre offers a holistic approach to the study of the subject.

This includes issues of good governance and accountability, combating corruption and asset recovery, legal and competition issues relating to the process of the extraction of energy and its environmental impact.

The centre also looks into labour rights in the global extractive energy centre, including the particpation of indigenous communities in the decision-making process of the ownership, extraction and management of energy resources.

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