The Nigeria LNG Limited has highlighted the need for human capital development in the nation’s oil and gas sector to enable the country to fully harness its vast natural resources and grow the economy.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, NLNG, Mr. Tony Attah, said the country’s oil and gas industry had been pivotal to the nation’s economic growth in the past five decades, stressing the need for competent professionals to develop the industry.
Speaking at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Young Professionals’ workshop in Lagos, he was quoted as saying in a statement, “It, therefore, becomes imperative for the Society of Petroleum Engineers and similar professional associations to stimulate the availability of enabling facilities to nurture and grow the professionals and the technology which will deliver the dividends from the sector to the nation’s economy.
“In view of this urgent need to support the development of world-class training structure for engineers, the NLNG spearheaded the improvement of the study of engineering in Nigeria’s top federal universities in the six geo-political zones of the country, through its University Support Programme through which we recently donated buildings and equipment with a total value of $12m.”
Attah said under the programme, the NLNG built and equipped six engineering research laboratories in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; University of Ilorin; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Ibadan; University of Port Harcourt; and University of Maiduguri.
According to him, the NLNG also provides technical training for young Nigerians in the Bonny Vocational Centre situated on Bonny Island.
He said, “The NLNG vocational centre has trained over 1,000 Nigerians in related occupational areas such as electrical installation, fabrication, welding and pipeline work, mechanical fitting, building construction, ICT system support and many others. Our focus is to sustain the development of skilled manpower to support the technical field.”
He said professional associations such as the SPE should promote efforts to develop competence at all fronts, whether through the public or private sector, to support the oil and gas sector as well as the nation’s economic development.
The NLNG is owned by four shareholders, namely, the Federal Government, represented by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (49 per cent), Shell Gas BV (25.6 per cent), Total LNG Nigeria Limited (15 per cent), and Eni International (N.A.) N. V. S. a. r. l (10.4 per cent).
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