OGTAN, NCDMB, PTDF partner to sustain local content through training
The Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria (OGTAN), in conjunction with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), and the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), have concluded plans to hold a one-day National Education Summit (NES).
The event, with the theme: “Sustaining Local Content through Quality Education and Training: Prospects and Challenges,” is scheduled for April 16.According to OGTAN, the event has been designed to proffer solution that will bridge the yawning gap between the academia and the petroleum industry.
The Association noted that fresh graduates from Nigeria’s tertiary institutions are ill-equipped to grab the opportunities the oil industry offers, and as a result, the multi-billion dollar industry contributed a paltry 10 per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as at third quarter 2017.
“The Oil and Gas Trainers Association aspires to fix this defect by bringing industry stakeholders and the academia to a roundtable in order to identify issues bedevilling human capacity development in the industry, and to proffer sustainable, private-sector-driven solutions that would enhance in-country value addition.
“One-time Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, shall lead the deliberations along with a team of panellists consisting of university dons, CEOs of operating and service companies, oil industry agencies of government, educational regulatory bodies, and training practitioners. A practical approach to the review of educational curriculum, existing internships, research programmes, funding of universities, and lots more shall be x-rayed,” it added.
The Association added that in recognition of his outstanding performance and transformational initiatives, OGTAN at the event will bestow on the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, the Local Content Achievement Award.
“The Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria (OGTAN) for the first time will be giving her Fellowship award to two distinguished members of the Association at the event,” it added.