To shore up the skill pool in the Oil and Gas Industry, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Oil and Gas Trainers Association (OGTAN) have expressed their readiness to partner in boosting the education and capacity levels of workers in the Petroleum Sector.
Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari and the President of OGTAN, Dr. Mayowa Afe, made this resolution when the OGTAN leadership paid a business visit to the NNPC Towers in Abuja.
While noting that that the oil and gas industry was a sector that is driven by high level skills, Kyari maintained that training and retraining of workers in the Industry must be sustained to ensure sectoral healthy competition.
He stated that the NNPC would continue to work with OGTAN using the guidelines of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to bridge the skill gap in the oil and gas industry.
“We do need to work for our country because the human resource in Nigeria is limitless. We in the NNPC are determined to promote Nigerian Content and we will do this by leading by example. Training and retraining in-country is cheaper, more effective and very conducive,” Kyari said.
Earlier, OGTAN President, Dr. Afe, averred that like China and India, Nigeria should be able to export her abundant human capital to other parts of the world, saying the Association would work with the NNPC to raise the bar for education and training, particularly in the oil and gas sector.
He assured Kyari that OGTAN would cooperate with his management to ensure his success in the onerous task of adding value to the nation’s abundant hydrocarbon resources.