Federal Govt Ready To Reposition
PTI As A Training Hub In Africa
—- Mrs Adaji Asmou Shehu
By Wilson Macaulay
Mrs Adaji Asmou Shehu , Director, Ministry of Petroleum Resources MPR
has assured Nigerians that the federal government through various relevant agencies is ready and committed to reposition the Petroleum Training lnstitute (PTl )Effurun Delta State
as a Training hub in sub Sahara Africa
in line with contemporary realities of our
time ,to meet current challenges of Oil, Gas and allied industries.
Mrs Adaji Asmou Shehu made this remark at the Council Chambers of the Petroleum Training lnstitute Effurun yesterday on Monday 20th , February 2023 in her capacity as the Lead Speaker of the PTI Repositioning Committee,( PRC) who visited the lnstitute on a facility tour to reposition the unique citadel of learning.
Mrs Adaji Asmou Shehu , the Director, Ministry of Petroleum Resources (MPR) in her speech stated that the PTI Repositioning Committee (PRC )led by her was on a facility tour of the lnstitute to Physically assess what is on ground and to take cognisance of what is needed to make the lnstitute more relevant as a destination place for Manpower Training in Africa.
According to the visiting MPR – Director, even though the regime of Presídent Muhammadu Buhari is almost winding up, the PTI Repositioning Committee is fully committed to the task of taking the necessary steps
to engage all relevant stakeholders to ensure that PTI is properly positioned
to maintain the well known acronym of Excellent Centre of Training to boost our National Development effort as the giant of Africa.
Dr Henry Adimula, the Principal / Chief Executive Officer of PTI Effurun earlier in his welcome address described the PTI Repositioning Committee visit
as a necessity because there is indeed
the need to reposition the lnstitute in line with Local Content Policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Dr Henry Adimula ,the PTI boss in his statement acknowledged that over the years the lnstitute in certain
areas has not been able to respond to the changing needs of Training in the light of contemporary realities, a development which led to the need to effect movement for change.
Adimula pointed out saying : “” The visit
of the PTI Repositioning Committee PRC, today to the lnstitute is a major
step forward to see what we have and to ascertain what we need to achieve the mandate of PTI remaining as s reference point of quality manpower
training not just in Nigeria but in sub sahara Africa.”
He stressed in his speech that the PTI
Management is ready to do everything possible to achieve the dream of the repositioning exercise as encapsulated
in the working instrument of the Committee to meet the Training needs
of the Petroleum and allied industries.
The PTI Chiéf Executive disclosed that before the coming of the PRC ,the Management of the lnstitute in collaboration with reputable and tested professional bodies and organizations did some internal realignments which upscaled the Training potential of the lnstitute in many areas , with a laudable example of Nigeria Liquifeid and Natural Gas Company (NLNG), currently Training their technical staff in PTI as a result of this conscious effort on the need for continuous improvement.
He added:” Amongst others, our collaborative effort also yielded positive result in the Training of Dive Medics Technicians (DMT) in Underwater Welding and Cutting Operations in our Offshore Technology Centre ( OTEC) which is an attestation to the fact that we can do more if given
the much needed support, he concluded.”
Details of the guided tour of training facilities includes the the PTI Demonstration Rig, Flow Station, All Petroleum and Gas tech Laboratories,
Refinery Simulators in Petroleum and Natural Gas Processing Department.
The Laboratories of Welding and Offshore Technology , Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering,etc
were all slated for the assessment tour.
Other areas Which were designated for inspection as outlined in the itinary are the PTI Fire Academy , Skill Development Academy amongst others.
The list of the members of the PTI Repositioning Committee who embarked on the facility tour visit includes Dr Nunir Sirajo of PTDF,
Engr Sulaiman Sulaiman of NNPC Limited, Bello lshola, Head PPPMC,
Carol Ojukwu, Head, legal Department, Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Usman Dibal also of MPR.