The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) has said that it is committed to providing adequate manpower to the growth of Nigerian’s oil and gas sector.
The Executive Secretary of the Agency Alhaji Aliyu Bello Gusau disclosed this during his speech at the graduation of 25 PTDF trainees at the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) in Kaduna on Friday.
According to him, the PTDF Post-Training Attachment (PTA) program was conceived as a stop-gap intervention to ensure beneficiaries of the agency’s trainings were introduced to practical, on-the-job experience upon conclusion of their training.
Alhaji Gusau affirmed that this would ensure that the skills acquired during the trainings were not lost due to redundancy.
“The PTDF as you may be aware is the government’s capacity building agency for the Nigerian oil, gas and allied industry.
“The PTA program also affords players in the industry like KRPC the opportunity to utilize the skills of these trainees in the maintenance and development of their plants.
“We currently have 19 trainees in Warri, and six as first batch in Port Harcourt refineries.
“This is an indication of our commitment towards ensuring the engagement of Nigerians by the industry through up skilling and on the job exposure of trainees.
“The agency was engaged with three refineries in addition to some key private sector organizations under the PTA program” he stated.
The Executive Secretary promised that PTDF will partner with all players to create the requisite human capabilities, institutional capacities and technological enablers to ensure the optimal performance of the Oil and Gas sector.
Alhaji Gusau therefore urged the KRPC to consider the trainees for full time employment, in conjunction with other partners while commending the management of KRPC for the support and feedback they had given the PTDF on the program.
The Managing Director of KRPC, Mr. Adewale Ladenegan while awarding certificates to the graduates who completed a six months’ training in welding of heavy industry equipment urged them to use the training they have received as an additional incentive to contribute to the development of the nation’s oil and gas industry.
According to him, PTDF is working closely with other key industry partners to consider the graduates for full engagement through industry joint qualification system, managed by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, assuring that their full data and qualifications will be listed for consideration by industry stakeholders for employment.
Meanwhile, responding on behalf of the Graduates, Umar Nasidi commended the two organizations for the gesture and appealed to PTDF and KRPC to consider engaging them on permanent employment to enable them contribute to the growth of the sector.