The Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau has called for a coordinated national framework for capacity building in the oil, gas and allied industries that will correct the haphazard implementation of manpower development schemes by various agencies and companies in Nigeria.
Dr Bello who spoke on perspectives of manpower development at the 2018 Annual Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum hosted by PTDF, said that currently there is hardly any agency or company operating in Nigeria that does not have one form of manpower development scheme or the other. “At the moment, the production of manpower not just for the oil and gas industry is so haphazard. It’s as if all of us in the industry are operating in isolated silos, everybody doing his own thing without any linkage to a coordinated national framework”.
He commended the recent executive order by the president compelling companies and operators in all sectors to patronize Nigerian manpower, as well as one of the 7big wins of the oil and gas industry which prescribes proper and coordinated manpower development. “More recently I am gladdened by the fact that, the NCDMB has come up with certain guidelines and regulations for all players in the oil and gas industry that we must patronize the joint qualification system before resorting to other sources for their manpower needs, so all these are indications that, we are heading in the right direction”.
Contributing to the theme of the lecture series “The Nigerian oil industry in a world of changing energy supply: are we prepared?, the ES, PTDF while acknowledging the growing consciousness among players in the industry to shift towards a post oil economy said that human resource development is critical to the realization of that objective.
“The point I want to make in this respect is that, human resource is the most critical factor in this journey. We cannot even over emphasize the importance of this. We should never forget the fact that, this oil has been underground for millions of years until we had the capacity and competence to harness it”.
He advocated a fundamental shift that will put in place the necessary framework for a post oil economy with the oil and gas industry playing a major role. The ongoing transition in global energy dynamics he said is indicative that the world has commenced a journey for a post oil economy that will eventually catch up with us whether we are prepared or not.
“The oil and gas industry is still very crucial for this journey. It is one of the few sectors in the country that is organized enough, that has the resources and the expertise to provide this country with the necessary framework for putting in place a post oil economy. Infact the discussion about diversification in this country is hinged on the capacity of the oil and gas industry to be able to do this, so we must never forget that”.
General Manager, strategic Planning, Research and Documentation Department of the Fund, Mr Jide Adebulehin who spoke on behalf of the sponsors said that, PTDF decided to support the hosting of the annual oloibri lecture series as part of its deliberate policy to strengthen its collaborations with key players in the industry, to acknowledge the historical significance of the oloibri well to the oil and gas industry.
He said that the hosting of the annual lecture series by PTDF conforms with its desire to support initiatives that will contribute in improving the operations of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
The Oloibiri Lecture Series and Energy Forum is an annual event organized to commemorate the first oil-well discovery in Nigeria by Shell Darcy at Oloibiri Bayelsa State, in 1956. Since inception in June 1991 the lectures have focused on contributing to oil and gas policy development in Nigeria and attracts participants from the government, regulatory agencies, heads of industry practitioners at all levels as well as other key stakeholders from the industry within Africa.
Kalu Otisi Esq
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