By Dipo Olowookere An indigenous integrated energy firm, Petrolex, is sponsoring the 2018 edition of the Nigerian Oil and Gas (NOG) Conference and Exhibition. The event, which kicks off on Monday, July 2 and ends on Thursday, July 5, 2018, will take place at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja. The conference is themed 'Driving Nigeria\u2019s Oil & Gas Industry Towards Sustained Economic Development and Growth' and will attract various stakeholders in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria. The Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition is a yearly event that draws key players across the Nigerian Energy sector. It is a viable avenue for networking, sharing ideas, and exploring new opportunities and innovations in the industry. Expected dignitaries include the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mr Sanusi Barkindo; Nigeria\u2019s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Ibe Kachikwu; and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Maikantu Baru. A statement issued by the Media Relations Executive of Petrolex, Mr Wale Ewedemi, disclosed that over 700 industry professionals are expected at the programme this year from both the public and private sectors. Mr Ewedemi said as part of the NOG, the gala dinner on July 5, the last day of the event, featuring the annual NOG awards ceremony, will be co-hosted by Petrolex, adding that the Chairman and CEO of Petrolex, Mr Segun Adebutu, is scheduled to speak on July 4, at the fifth session of the day, themed: 'Harnessing the Opportunities in Nigeria\u2019s Downstream Sector.' Mr Adebutu was quoted in the statement as saying that the company was glad to be sponsoring the NOG for the first time. \u201cAs an integrated energy company, Petrolex remains committed to redefining Africa\u2019s energy landscape and providing innovative energy solutions. "We are glad to showcase this at the 17th Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition. We also look forward to interacting with other critical stakeholders and having a robust discourse at the conference. "As an emerging leader in the oil and gas sector, the NOG presents the appropriate platform for us to exchange ideas and synthesise new innovations,\u201d Mr Adebutu said. In recent times, Petrolex has emerged to be one of the leading players in the oil and gas industry, especially the downstream sector. Adebutu has also been listed among Businessday\u2019s 50 most influential Nigerians for the year 2017.