The need to set new agenda for the development of the oil and gas sector of the Nigerian economy came up recently in Delta State. The Petroleum Training Institute PTI, Effurun, Delta State, has equally taken the lead in appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to consider push for necessary legislation to regulate the operations of oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
The acting principal of PTI, A.J. Orukele, who spoke at a workshop recently, said the agitated regulation would provide optimal exploitation of opportunities in the sector. Orukele also stressed that PTI is equipped and had the capacity to train the appropriate manpower for Gas development in Nigeria.
He said PTI must assess the gap in terms of quality of training, infrastructure, quality of instruction between its impressive records in the past. The PTI boss continued that the institute has maintained its prevalent state in terms of efficiency and service delivery.
There are views that the institution should exert more effort towards bridging the gap between right curriculum and the right competencies required in the industry.
In his welcome address, Oruleke said “It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you to the Oil/Gas and Allied Companies Learning Managers Workshop hosted by our noble Institute; the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun.
“From the last workshop which was held in the year 2013, till date, a lot of activities had taken place both in the Petroleum Training Institute and the Oil/Gas and Allied Companies. This development underscores the relevance of the Learning Managers workshop to develop a synergy in order to train fit for purpose human capital for the oil/Gas sector, hence, the need for the rejuvenation of this workshop”.
He explained further that “in this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to digest the development of Gas projects on-shore and off- shore, its implications for the future of the oil/gas industry, our PTI and the nation, Nigeria in general”.
According to him, “it is pertinent to note the role training plays in shaping the future of the Industry. As an Oil and Gas technical Manpower training services provider; Petroleum Training Institute will always rise to the occasion if given the opportunity”. He added that the learning managers workshop was critical to the institute as it provides the forum for interaction on the needs and the future of the Oil/Gas and Allied Companies modern technical innovations.
“Over the years, the information gathered from our interaction in the Learning Managers Workshop had enabled us to tailor a new line of action plan which will continue to shape and re-shape the Institute to serve the industry adequately and meritoriously”, he said. He said the institute offers Skills acquisition programme, which is designed to train youths of oil/gas and allied companies producing communities in varies trades in order to curb youth restiveness and provide avenue for corporate social responsibility.
Orukele pointed that the youths are giving the opportunity to be self employed or employers of labour in the following areas: electrical installation and maintenance, welding and fabrication, mechanical craft (diesel engine, crane and folk lift), diving, information and communication technology among others.
The institute also indicated its readiness for collaboration in the areas of human capital development, staff exchanges programme, students Industrial Attachment Placement and your full support to serve the industry and take the Industry to the next level. Meanwhile, at the end of the workshop, participants made resolved that PTI must assess the gap in terms of quality of training, infrastructure, quality of instruction between its impressive record in the past and its prevalent state in terms of efficiency and service delivery.
The workshop further urged the institute to exert effort to bridge the gap between right curriculum and the right competencies required in the industry. Participants also urged the government to enact the requisite laws to regulate the operations of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria to enable the optimal exploitation of the opportunities in the sector. They also stressed that PTI had the capacity to train the appropriate manpower for Gas development in Nigeria.
Major players in the oil and gas industry were challenged to team up with PTI for technical skills development by way of staff exchange programme and other forms of infrastructure support to enable the institute proffer requisite programmes in line with industry requirement to fully harness the business opportunities in Gas sector of the economy.
Participants outlined the need for massive awareness campaign through consistent and frequent public information to showcase the potential of gas business in Nigeria by players in the industry. The workshop also underscored the imperative for government’s commitment to developing gas infrastructure (gas pipelines) across the country to fully harness benefits derivable from the exploitation of Gas investment in the country.


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