Nigerdock boosts local content, graduates 48 professional trainees
As part of its commitment to improve the Nigerian local content for the energy sector, Nigerdock, through its Training and Development Academy, has recently graduated 48 professional trainees for the Egina Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) project.
The company, at the graduation ceremony which held at its facility at Snake Island Integrated Free zone, Apapa, Lagos, said, the 15 month duration of the training and over 350,000 man-hours of work was geared towards bridging the skill gap in the country’s oil and gas industry, as well as create a competent local labor force with international standards in that regards.
The Head of the Academy, Emeka Anazia, maintained that he regarded the training as a post graduate course because though the programme was meant to train 50 graduates and 50 vocational trainees, most of the trainees for this particular set were mostly university graduates of diverse relevant courses.
According to him, the 48 trainees who were trained in 16 different skill sets such as fabrication engineering, welding engineering, project management, health training and environment among others, went through in -depth theory and field sessions from various subject matter experts, with international and post graduate standards.
While commending the graduates on their zero record of lost time injury (LTI), in spite of the rigor in most of the tasks, Anazia noted how they have been trained to take safety as an apex priority.
However, the Nigerian Content Manager of Nigerdock, Ifeanyi Chime, regretted the inability of the company to retain any graduates unlike the previous batch where most of them were employed, owing to the state of the economy.
“We are currently experiencing a shortage of projects in the industry and this has hindered retention of any graduates at this point, but we are sure to call on you when the chance avails itself,” he added.
The graduates while sharing how impactful the 15 months experience had been, commended the efforts of Nigerdock as well as all stakeholders including Total, Samsung and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for the efforts to make the programme a reality.
Also speaking at the ceremony was the Content Manager, NCDMB, Iwhiwhu Maurice, a representative of the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, who also commended Nigerdock and partnering stakeholders for their commitment in developing indigenous capacity under the Egina FPSO project.
Other representatives from the Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria Limited (SHIN), Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI), Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria (OGTAN), Nigerian Institute of Welding (NIW), International Oil and Gas Companies (IOCs) as well as business partners, who graced the occasion, commended Nigerdock for its consistent efforts in capacity building.
The EGINA Nigerian Human Capacity Development project was executed at the Nigerdock facility at the Snake Island Integrated Free Zone, Apapa, in fulfilment of the National Human Capacity Development obligations required by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board for the EGINA FPSO project sponsored by NNPC/Total.