NCDMB, TotalEnergies want technical schools to support oil, gas activities
Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited have said investing on projects that would train and inspire Nigerian youths to innovate and demonstrate creativity would support the nation’s economy.
Executive Director of NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, stated this, yesterday, while laying foundations for projects sponsored by TotalEnergies at Government Technical College (GTC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Wabote, who was represented by NCDMB Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr. Patrick Obah, said: “The board has placed a lot of premium on human capital development and the role that Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) can play in the development of skilled craftsmen that are urgently required for the delivery of project in the oil and gas industry and for the growth of Nigerian content in the industry.
“The objective of this is to transform GTC to a modern centre of excellence for the training of skilled craftsmen, who will support activities in the oil and gas industry and the economy at large. It is expected that the trainees from this centre will be in the forefront of leading the change to end poverty in all forms and create employment for youths in the country.”
Managing Director of TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited, Mr. Mike Sangster, thanked NCDMB for his leadership and commitment to local content development in the country and also Rivers State for the expedited approvals received for the launch of the project.
Sangster, represented by TotalEnergies’ Deputy Managing Director, JV Asset, Mr. Guillaume Dulout, said: “The HCD projects are designed to upgrade standard of infrastructure in schools, create a good learning atmosphere, improve the standard of living for students as well as equip vocational students with life skills.
Also, the CEO of Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, Gbenga Komolafe, who commended TotalEnergies for siting the project in GTC Port Harcourt, lamented that the oil and gas industry was currently experiencing challenges, particularly in swamp areas because of oil vandalism, sabotage and third party inferences.
Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Chinedu Mmom, who commended TotalEnergies for the project, assured of continued provision of enabling environment to ensure the projects were completed in time.