Udom Inaugurates Oil And Gas Training/Research Centre …As Emman Ekon List Benefits


Akwa Ibom citizens and indeed Nigerians yearning for qualitative training to enable them participate in the oil and gas sector do not need to worry and travel to far-away lands any longer as the Akwa Ibom State Governor inaugurated the Akwa Ibom Oil/Gas Training and Research Centre at the e-library yesterday.
The training programmes available for study at the centre include Integrating Geosciences, Field Development Planning Solutions, Drilling and Completions Engineering, Reservoir Management and Engineering, Production Optimization and Engineering Solutions, Digital Oil Field solution and Digital Pipeline Monitoring.
Other programmes available are Well Intervention Solutions, E&P Data Management Platform Solutions, Executive Management and Business Leaders hip Development.
The Centre will also train students on HSEQ, Fabrication, Welding and Plumbing, Electrical Technology, Mechanical Engineering and Software Engineering.
Governor Udom Emmanuel who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Sir Etekamba Umoren noted that with the curriculum, the school will offer first class training and this will put an end to capital flight because oil companies will now spend billions of dollars they take out to train their staff at the centre.
Governor Emmanuel stated that the collaboration between Halliburton and the Akwa Ibom State Government is a bold statement by the government to train youths in Akwa Ibom State to become employable in the highly competitive and lucrative oil and gas sector.
Moreover, the Governor said in line with the Dakkada Philosophy, the centre will train Akwa Ibom people who will become employers of labour within a short time.
The Chairman, House Committee on local content, in the House of Representatives, Mr. Emmanuel Ekon said the centre is the fruit of his advocacy that called on oil companies to respect local content and do training in Nigeria to give opportunities to Nigerians to participate optimally in the oil sector.
He said that to boost oil and gas training of youths in Akwa Ibom State an oil/gas park will be situated in ONNA and a Sea-Diving Facility will be built at Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron through the intervention of his committee.
Speaking on the benefits of the centre, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prof. Nse Udo Essien said the Centre will deepen capacity building efforts, bridge skill gaps and ensure that Nigerians fully partake in all aspects of the oil and gas value chain.
“in the last 50 years, Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Operations recorded an estimated $380 billion dollars in capital flight, in the areas of fabrication, engineering, procurement and training. This translates to an estimated job lost opportunities of over 2 million. To redress this trend, the Federal Government set up the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) which is the vanguard in localizing inputs in our oil and gas operations. The setting up of this Training centre is our modest effort to join hands with NCDMB to indigenize our oil and gas operations for job and wealth creation, optimal benefits of Nigerians and to arrest capital flight” the Commissioner explained.
According to him, the e-library facilities, oil field equipment provided by oil sector giant, Halliburton gives great promise for the training of the best brains that will boost the manpower level in the oil/gas sector.
Udo Essien thanked the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel for his support that made it possible for the Centre to be established.
In an address, the Area Vice President/Managing Director, Halliburton Nigeria, Mr. Henry Oki who was represented by the Head of Business in Nigeria, West and East Africa, Mr. Okey Okoli commended the State Government and Member representing Abak/Ika/Etim Ekpo federal constituency, Mr. Emmanuel Ekon for partnering Halliburton to setup the centre.
Oki maintained that the collaboration will enjoy his company’s vision to always provide solutions to industry challenges adding that the e-library facility offers the right environment for training. Goodwill messages were received at the event. The Executive Secretary Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) Mr. Simbi Wabote represented by the Head, Corporate Affairs and Logistics, Mr. Abdulmalik Halilu promised that NCDMB will ensure that the Centre has sufficient and qualified trainers at all time.
He added that the centre will build and sustain capacity in the Oil and gas sector.
The President, Oil/Gas Trainers Association Dr. Mayowa Afe commended the partnership between Akwa Ibom State government and Halliburton in setting up the centre saying that with such a centre, Nigerians do not need to go abroad and spend millions of dollars to acquire training. He assured that his association will assist in providing required manpower for the centre.
A facility tour which enabled the Governor and other dignitaries to have a first hand feel of the equipment at the centre was done.