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Cyber Energys Limited (CEL) is a Nigerian Project Support company dedicated to reducing clients' exposure by providing complete technical solutions required for the execution of various oil & gas, energy and petrochemical projects and does so safely and reliably because of its dedication to proper employee training, investment in the best equipment, and a culture of customer service that has allowed it to partner with some of the most important industrial and commercial clients in the country. CEL has developed a multi-functional service allowing it to provide custom made solutions their client's needs, so that customers may concentrate on their core activities, thereby saving time and reducing operating cost. Cyber Energys Limited has been selected to receive the BID Quality Crown Award for 2015.
Perhaps CEL got their inspiration from the single-minded commitment of one of Nigeria’s most renowned citizens.
Nigeria’s Nobel Prize Winner Combines Literature with Political Activism
Wole Soyinka is a playwright and poet, and the only Nigerian to ever win a Nobel Prize. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored in that category. Soyinka studied in Nigeria and the UK, and became famous for, among other things, producing works of literature critical of governments.
Political activism has always been important in Soyinka’s literature and, in fact, he dedicated his Nobel Prize to Nelson Mandela, who was still in a South African prison at the time. He formed an anti-corruption and justice-seeking student organisation while still in college. A significant number of the hundreds of published works attributed to him deal with the evils of repressive governments. As recently as 2015, he spent election day monitoring voting irregularities.
Nigeria’s most important writer has never been afraid of speaking truth to power. Soyinka’s play performed on the day in 1960 that Nigeria celebrated its sovereignty satirized the new government and argued that it was no better than the colonial ones. He was arrested for the first time in 1964 after resigning his professorship in protest of the government’s censorship. After the 1966 military coup he was arrested again and jailed for 22 months. In Soyinka’s mind, many of the strongmen who came to power were no better than their colonial oppressors, and he has been an untiring critic of "the oppressive boot and the irrelevance of the colour of the foot that wears it,” whether in Nigeria or other countries such as Zimbabwe or Uganda.
Given that he was not supposed to have access to books, pen or paper, it is remarkable that Soyinka managed to write some significant works while in prison. He was finally forced to make a harrowing escape from the country on a motorcycle, and ended up living in the United States and France. He has held teaching positions at universities in the United States, Nigeria, and Great Britain. He finally returned to Nigeria in 1999, avoiding a death sentence in absentia during the prior dictatorship.
Soyinka once famously said that “A tiger doesn't proclaim his tigritude, he pounces.”
The list of awards that Soyinka has received is long. In addition to the Nobel Prize, he has been given four honorary doctorates, six international book awards, and three international fellowships. He has even been made a Yoruba tribal aristocrat.
Wole Soyinka has won respect and accolades because he is driven by an unswerving commitment to do his best and be true to his beliefs; to follow his calling unconditionally no matter the obstacles and challenges. Nigeria is justifiably proud to have produced a man of such integrity and commitment. It is a characteristic of the Nigerian people.
The same commitment and dedication can be found at Cyber Energys, a company which provides the most comprehensive Industrial and Environmental cleaning services available.
CEL was established primarily to offer top quality services to companies in the areas of:
- Temporary and long term personnel
- Technical Inspection Services
- Equipment/Material Supply Services
- Corrosion Prevention & Surface Protection Services
- Industrial Cleaning Services
- Logistics Services
- Training/Manpower Development Services
CEL makes available an experienced team of professionals with the necessary knowledge to carry through various projects. Outsourcing CEL personnel means that clients do not have to worry about managing the social, economic and legal requirements related to expatriation and the human resources functions associated with the addition of temporary or specialized workers is taken care of responsibly and legally. Furthermore, CEL takes care of manpower skills training and human capital development with an emphasis on Quality Control and Health, Safety and Environmental policies. Specifically, these tasks include supervising visas and work permits, international and local transport, housing, schooling for dependents, drafting and negotiation of contracts, and payment of tax and social security contributions in the host country. Both employing clients and expatriates benefit from flexibility, time and money savings, and reduced risk.
In recent years, environmental and safety requirements for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria have become more stringent and the penalties for noncompliance have become more severe. CEL is the fastest growing local provider of industrial cleaning services in the Nigerian Upstream Oil and Gas sector because its attention to detail, proven track record, and Quality and Customer Service practices. All of them have been put into place using the most modern techniques of Quality Management and Corporate Governance. CEL has the capability of sending its people into Nigeria’s most remote and challenging environments to deliver cleaning services in strict compliance with the law and according to individualized standards.
One particular advantage that CEL has developed through the experience of its qualified chemists, chemical engineers, project managers and trained operatives is the ability to supply materials and equipment on site or wherever else needed using a Procurement Division equipped to handle the challenge of global sourcing through its International Network, providing effective global procurement solutions under a single point of contact and responsibility. © 2015 R. Mena / J. Zamora
Inspections and Maintenance
Once materials are placed in the field, CEL provides inspection solutions that are critical in order to maintain efficiency while reducing risk and downtime. The Nigerian Upstream Oil and Gas sector is particularly sensitive to downtime due to defective drill pipe, casing, tubing, and sucker rod. To address this issue, CEL employs cutting edge technology like ultrasonic and electromagnetic techniques which deliver money saving results for its clients. Inspections are done strictly in accordance with API/ISO standards where appropriate, and with custom designed protocols in the event that transmission connections are proprietary. Inspectors are ASNT Certified Level II whenever required. On the maintenance side, CEL professionals have the capability to straighten pipe, apply world class coatings, and perform thread evaluation and mill surveillance.
The BID Committee was impressed by CEL’s extensive use of written protocols, specifications and assessment methodologies that have been widely adopted by operators, regulators and third-party inspectors. Their approach uses world class engineering techniques to provide operators with the insight and relevant information needed for responsible asset integrity management. As specialists in corrosion prevention, evaluation and remediation in marine and other challenging environments, the company has developed a reputation for quality of service, reliability, consistency and cost-effectiveness.
Another value added service provided by CEL is the provision of cars, buses, trucks and heavy duty equipment, and Escort Services. Vehicles are available with uniformed drivers, and maintenance is handled by CEL, thereby simplifying administration while bringing logistics costs under control and reducing capital investment.
Quality Starts with People
CEL recognizes that its most important asset is its people, and in addition to in house recurrent training, the company uses certified third party training facilities and organizations in South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Middle East, where their people are trained in accordance with applicable regulations and project requirements. This allows the company to ensure that their staff have the necessary qualifications and safety certifications required for their roles. CEL also maintains an in-house Quality Control and Safety department which constantly monitors the knowledge certification and expertise of operational personnel, something the BID Committee considers to be of special importance.
CEL has a stated policy of zero tolerance in Quality Delivery, starting with ISO 9001 certification and continuing with strict human resources development programmes. CEL also represents top brands such as Socvalves and Pompe Cucchi. In the words of Managing Director Colins C. Uka, “We promote the highest standards of customer care and Quality, and the client is at the centre of all our business operations.”
The company also is committed to Corporate Social Responsibility by supporting SOS Children's Villages in Nigeria, a community assistance organization which supports Nigerian children and young people by providing loving homes, day care, education and vocational training in five different locations. More generally, CEL has an official policy of commitment to its neighbors and local communities, to consistently and appropriately consider the self-sufficiency, sustainability, health, safety and environment of these communities, and to conduct their business as a responsible corporate citizen. According to Mr. Uka, “we follow established procedures to gain a thorough understanding of the potential effects of CEL’s presence on the local community and the surrounding region, and we develop action plans to advance our relationships with neighboring communities. Our Human Rights Policy requires initial stakeholder and social risk analyses, consistent monitoring, periodic reassessments and regular engagement with stakeholders to address community issues. CEL engages proactively with stakeholders — including neighbors, local governments and partners with the goal of promoting positive, mutually beneficial outcomes everywhere we operate. We often partner with local, regional and international institutions that benefit families and communities by promoting public health and safety, environmental stewardship, economic development, education and cultural life.”
Because of its commitment to continuous quality improvement, customer service, and betterment of the community, Cyber Energys Limited has been selected to receive the BID Quality Crown Award for 2015 at the convention in London.
ABOUT BID AND THE INTERNATIONAL QUALITY CROWN AWARD:
BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.