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Anthony Futughe

Anthony FutugheCEO, Eco-Remediation Technologies & Consultants Ltd.

MSc Environmental Pollution Control, 2012

Tell us a bit about what you're doing now.

In my quest to become a renowned Environmental Expert specializing in pollution clean-up, prevention and control, I am currently doing a research degree (PhD) in Pollution and Environmental Control at Middlesex University, London. My research is centred on the remediation of crude oil contaminated land in the oil rich Niger Delta, Nigeria, using novel sustainable technologies in collaboration with Eco-Remediation Technologies & Consultants Ltd as sustainability is the focus of the 21st century.

What inspired you to set up Eco-Remediation Technologies & Consultants Ltd?

I was inspired to set up Eco-Remediation Technologies & Consultants Ltd. during my second MSc in Environmental Pollution Control here at Middlesex. Where I suddenly developed a strong sense of responsibility and interest in remediating the ecosystems, particularly in the oil and gas sector from a sustainable perspective due to environmental degradation and pollution from continuous oil and gas exploration that has become a global problem. Eco-Rem Tech, as its fondly called, promises to be one of Africa's most diversified sustainable environmental companies with highly skilled multi-disciplinary professionals undertaking high quality projects.

What do you enjoy most about working in your industry?

In less than one year after my graduation from Middlesex University, I immediately became a sought-after Consultant. I enjoyed being in a team of lead consultants who handled compensation claims of multiple millions of pounds for some communities in Niger Delta, Nigeria vis-à-vis the well-known Bonga oil spill. I was fascinated with the series of world class presentations I did using different tools I learnt through MSc Environmental Pollution Control. In particular using pollution linkage and source-receptor pathways to convince stakeholders, from the State House of Assembly to the National Assembly; from the State Emergency Management Agency to the Federal Emergency Management Agency where SOS relief materials were given by both agencies to cushion the impact of the spillage on the communities; through to Regulatory Agencies in Nigeria, on the said spill. Arguably, I was able to demystify the ambiguity and complexity surrounding oil spillage in the region through the simplicity of Powerpoint presentations. I was also humbled to be a key resource to the Nigerian Navy, where I gave a remarkable presentation on Flood Prevention and Control Measures in preparation for the much anticipated raining season a year after many parts of the Nation were submerged under flood.

What made you choose to study at Middlesex University?

I chose Middlesex initially because of MSc Environmental Pollution Control which was just what I was looking for. The course best articulated my burning passion and unfeigned love for the reparation of the environment, especially in the Niger Delta.

What drew you to MSc Environmental Pollution Control?

I am from one of the oil producing communities in the oil rich region living with chronic exposure to pollution for decades. The contaminant load is growing steadily each year in parallel with the ever increasing demand for energy. With a Microbiology background, I was looking for a course that would place me right at the centre stage, equipping me with modern techniques and best available practices to take on Pollution challenges. And for me, M.Sc. Environmental Pollution Control is tailor-made for anyone aspiring to be relevant in the environmental, oil and gas industry.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

To be honest, MSc Environmental Pollution Control is what I call 'one ring to rule them all'. Every aspect of the course was enjoyable as they complement each other. But my profound interest was on Pollution Sources and Impact (BIO4301) and Monitoring and Control of Pollution (BIO4302).

What made you want to continue studying at Middlesex?

I opted for Middlesex University again because she prioritises research and teaching of which I had a foretaste during my Masters where I enjoyed the state-of-the-art facilities including befitting lecture theatres, well equipped laboratories, a well-stocked and furnished library and most importantly, she plays host to one of the finest sets of lecturers I have ever known. There is no doubt whatsoever that I am in the best place to see my dream blossom even as I undertake a research degree (PhD).

What advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?

Anyone seeking to be relevant in this knowledge driven economy should up his/her game and I strongly recommend Middlesex because she embodies creative innovation and pragmatic knowledge to real life challenges that are sine qua non to future prosperity, long term relevance and job security. Middlesex, for me is the workshop for experts and professionals in their chosen fields.

What skills have been most useful to you in your career to date, and how have you cultivated these

My unequalled intellectual prowess, high level of concentration, hard work and excellent organizational skills (prioritizing and meeting deadlines) which were consistently cultivated throughout my academic career has heightened my dexterity, commitment to success and increased the range of activities I can perform with a high degree of expertise.

What does the future hold for you?

I would rather say I 'owe' the future! Being an Environmental Expert in this age where our world is threatened with climate change, non-renewable energy, ecosystems and endangered species comes with a great responsibility. There is the need to be truly sustainable not just for us but also for future generations. The future belongs to those who conserve it.

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