Abuja based private University, the Nile University is seeking to collaborate with the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) in the training of skills development needs for the Nigerian Oil and Gas and other related industries.

The University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Osman Nuri Aras who led a team of the university faculty to PTDF Towers on a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary and Management of the Fund said the institution wants to benefit from the Fund’s international reputation as the leading agency of the Nigerian government for capacity building in the oil and gas industry.

He said, the Fund has over the years invested in the training of manpower for the oil and gas industry through scholarship and other programmes which he said their institution will like to key into having already established similar relationship with many public and private institutions across the country.

The Vice Chancellor who described human capital as one of the most important resources in any society said countries face many socio economic and political challenges essentially due to ignorance and poverty. He said a collaboration between PTDF, and Nile University will go a long way in assisting the country to build requisite capacities that will assist in bringing economic growth.

Executive Secretary, PTDF, Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau while thanking the university’s delegation for the visit assured them of the Fund’s determination to work with any reliable partner who is interested in the development of needed human resources for the country especially at this time that the Fund is refocusing its attention towards Nigerian universities.

“ I am sure you are aware that for quite some time we have focused our attention on training Nigerians in many countries across the globe but in the last few years we have decided to refocus our attention towards Nigerian universities. The numbers are changing, this year alone the scholarship in Nigerian universities is about seven times higher than the number of those going out of the country. Our hope is that gradually we will redirect the traffic away from foreign to Nigerian universities”.

Dr Gusau said the university had come at a right time when the Fund is developing a policy for the states and private universities. He assured the University’s delegation that

once the Fund perfects its policies on the matter, the university would be one of those to be partnered with in its capacity building educational programmes and initiatives.

“what you are talking about is not out of place, but we also need to perfect the policy to address what we expect from states and private universities. As a sponsoring institution we also consider other things from the universities like completion period in addition to quality and substance”.