MINISTER OF STATE, PETROLEUM RESOURCES INSPECTS PTDF UPGRADE PROJECTS IN PTI, EFFURUM, DELTA STATE
The Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has challenged Parastatals under the Ministry to develop a roadmap that will lead to self funding of the agencies within the next three to four years.
The Minister who inspected the infrastructure and upgrade facilities provided by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund at the Petroleum Training Institute Effurum, Warri, Delta State, said towards realising this objective, agencies with training and education as their core functions must relate the functionality of their training programmes with commercial realities in order to generate enough funds to sustain their Institutions. “I know how much money we spend in NNPC just to refurbish tanks everywhere, and not just the NNPC but the entire downstream industry, if we had a training programme with the facilities to do those, not only could you train , but individuals could actually take work from the sector to try and grow, and so looking at how to generate income to sustain the place is key. The Federal Government is not going to continue to be sending you yearly disbursements in perpetuity; it’s never going to work. So a major challenge is to identify those areas where you will have a big commercial nexus both for the upstream and downstream sectors of the industry”.
Facilities inspected by the Minister include an ultra-modern laboratory complex, a one stop laboratory for research and training in diverse areas of onshore and offshore operations as well as in exploration, drilling and production provided by PTDF; a demonstration training land rig with flow station rehabilitated and made functional by PTDF, in addition to the latest drilling simulators, welding and mechanical workshops.
The Minister who was accompanied by some Senior Officials of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the new Executive Secretary of PTDF, Dr. Bello Aliyu Gusau, Director DPR, Mr. Ladan and the Principal and Management Staff of PTI, commended the Fund for the rigorous implementation of its capacity building programmes particularly the upgrade of oil and gas institutions and departments in universities.
“I am very impressed with what they have done. It’s actually one of the agencies that you don’t need to do an audit to see where their resources are being utilized. I have been to some of the projects done by PTDF, I was in the University of Nigeria Nsukka, I was in Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, and some other places where they have been able to make a huge difference, I am extremely impressed with the work that they have done in PTI too”.
He urged the Principal of the Petroleum Training Institute, Professor Sunny Iyuke to adopt a maintenance re-orientation for the training institute in order to attract the kind of scholarship that will help increase the revenue generation profile of the Institution.
The Petroleum Training Institute, Effurum, was established in 1973 by the Federal government of Nigeria as a requirement for membership of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). With the massive upgrade by PTDF, it is expected to become a leading oil and gas training institute with the mandate of producing middle level manpower that will bridge the gap of foreign domination of the industry.
Kalu Otisi Esq.
Head, Press and External Relations (PTDF)
October 10, 2016