The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has registered its appreciation for the various support and sponsorship offered by the association by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) in the execution of its various programmes. It also seeks for increased collaboration with the Fund to help make oil and gas industry more vibrant in Nigeria. The body registered its appreciation during a courtesy call to the Executive Secretary, PTDF, Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau.

Chairman SPE Nigerian Council, Dr. Saka Matiemilola,, who led other members of the group on a courtesy call to the Executive Secretary disclosed that, over the years PTDF has been the traditional sponsor of most of their events in Nigeria and has in addition trained many young professionals in the industry.

Our visit to PTDF is to seek ways of working together for the common good of the industry. PTDF has been doing a lot of work towards ensuring that Nigerians acquire the competence to work in the petroleum industry. We are also doing the same in our own space. So it’s very important that we work together towards the common goal of making the oil and gas industry more vibrant in Nigeria.”

In his response, Executive Secretary, PTDF, Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau assured them of his commitment to ensuring improved working relationship with the SPE and similar bodies within the industry in order to reintegrate the Fund into the oil and gas industry.

You are visiting PTDF at a very auspicious time, in the sense that, when we are also taking a second look at our own operations and our own structures. One of the things we are doing presently is to ensure that the PTDF becomes much more integrated into the Nigerian oil and gas industry and we see organisations like SPE as abridge for that to happen. So to that extent, I want to assure you that, we will be seeking for more of your time, resources and expertise in the course of this endeavor to further re-integrate into the industry”.

Executive Secretary also informed the gathering about the Fund’s desire to refocus its capacity building efforts towards harnessing the nation’s gas resources and solicited the collaboration of SPE in realizing the objective.  “One of the things I am happy to hear about is how you are prioritizing issues of gas. Actually, When I came here, I was surprised I couldn’t find a definite programme on gas, so I say, well, we cannot continue like that, let’s do something, so, we created a new department specifically in-charge of gas matters”.

Dr. Bello Gusau also told the visitors that PTDF has initiated the process of domesticating most of its overseas training programmes. This he said entails scaling down the number of Nigerians sponsored abroad for training, as the Fund has committed huge resources to upgrade over 26 oil and gas related departments and faculties in Nigerian universities in order to have the required capacity and competence to train PTDF scholars in-country.

The Executive Secretary said the move is imperative taking into consideration the present economic realities occasioned by foreign exchange difficulties and devaluation of the Naira.