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Institute urges oil companies to accept students for industrial training

By Kehinde Olatunji
13 December 2018   |   3:33 am
The Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) has appealed to the International Oil Companies (IOC) and other operators in the industry to avail students from the institute opportunity for industrial attachment in their organisations.

Prof. Sunny Iyuke

The Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) has appealed to the International Oil Companies (IOC) and other operators in the industry to avail students from the institute opportunity for industrial attachment in their organisations.
  
The principal and Chief Executive of the institute, Prof. Sunny Iyuke, lamented that this has been a major challenge confronting the institution for some time.He described the industrial work experience as a prerequisite for the National Diploma students to be admitted into the Higher National Diploma Programme as stated in the Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme, (SIWES), and PTI academic standard rules and regulations.
  
Speaking at the 2018 graduation ceremony of the institute, he explained that the exercise enables students to acquire and develop the necessary skills required in the petroleum industry.He said: “I am therefore using this medium to appeal to the IOCs and other operators in the industry to accept our students and avail them the opportunity to prove themselves. I wish to implore our Council chairman as well as the Director, Department of Petroleum Resources to intervene in this regard.”

  
Iyuke also hinted that the institute has commenced a post-Higher National Diploma (HND) programme in Engineering and Masters of Science (MSc) in information and Telecommunications Engineering.

He said the new development was in partnership with the University of Port Harcourt, adding that the pioneer class is currently in session at the institution’s School of Industrial and Continuing   Education (SICE).The don stated that the first batch of interns from Interregional University of Industrial Engineering Biotechnologies and Applied Science, (IRGIB African University), Cotonou, Republic of Benin, has successfully completed their programme and awaiting the next batch.
 
“The institute has continued to play the leading role as centre of excellence in the development of human capacity in the Petroleum Industry. To this end, staffs of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) have satisfactorily completed their training programme here in the institute.”
Besides, the don disclosed that the school is currently poised to facilitate the gradual implementation of the Digital Petroleum Training Institute (DiPTI), as the library, which is the centre of information storage and retrieval has taken the lead in the DiPTI Project.
    
“In pursuance of excellence in quality service delivery, the Institute is in the process of obtaining the ISO 9001 certification. When this is achieved, it will no doubt be placed strategically in the world map as a center for global best practices in the petroleum industry.
  
“The Institute has also successfully commenced the National Diploma Programme in Computer Science and Information Technology. We hope to graduate the first set of students at the next graduation ceremony.”As part of the institute’s achievement, Iyuke said the problem of perennial flooding, which was occasioned by the blockage of the institute’s underground drainage, has been solved.