GOVERNOR UDOM EMMANUEL INAUGURATES AKWA IBOM OIL AND GAS TRAINING AND RESEARCH CENTER.
Friday, November 10th, 2017 | News
By Daye Godsien
Effective training by experienced professionals has been identified as a panacea for the advancement and successful operation of Oil companies in Nigeria.
The State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel stated thus, Thursday while inaugurating the Akwa Ibom State Oil and Gas Training and Research Center at the Ibom e-library, Uyo.
Mr. Udom Emmanuel who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Sir Etekamba Umoren lamented that Nigeria is rated as one of the least developed economics on earth in the area of human development index.
His words, “As most of us are aware, for some years now, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reports have truly but painfully rated Nigeria as one of least developed economies on earth on the basis of low human development”.
The Governor however expressed satisfaction that with the inauguration of the Akwa Ibom Oil and Gas Training Center. It will open up opportunities for employees in the Oil and Gas industry to expand their knowledge for the advancement of their companies.
Speaking on the benefit of the training to the state, Mr. Udom Emmanuel said it will help in capacity building boost the state internally generated revenue and also reduce capital flight and save foreign exchange.
The State Chief executive expressed gratitude to Halliburton for choosing Akwa Ibom in the training of personnel of the Oil and Gas industry assuring them of State Government setting support towards the success of the center.
Seeking the tone for the event the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Prof. Nse Udo Essien said in the last 50 years, Nigeria’s Oil and Gas operation has recorded about 380 billion dollars in capital flight, fabrication, engineering, procurement and training which translates to an estimated job lost opportunities of over 2 million.
Prof. Nse Essien said the Federal Government of Nigeria in a bid to redress the trend had to set up the Nigerian content Development and monitoring Board (NCDB) as a vanguard in localizing inputs in Oil and Gas Operations.
The Commissioner stated that the establishment of the Akwa Ibom Oil and Gas training center would enable the state to join forces with BCDB to indigenize Oil and Gas operation for job and wealth creation.
Prof. Nse Essien disclosed that the training center is a world class school with excellent curriculum in the state-of-art facility and will offer courses in the field of engineering, drilling and completion.
He said as the largest Oil producer in Nigeria and with the addition of the Oil and Gas training and Research Center, Akwa Ibom State is repositioning herself to become the Oil and Gas Capital in Africa.
The member representing Abak, Etim Ekpo and Ika Federal Constituency in the House of Representative, and Chairman House Committee on Local content, Hon. Emmanuel Ekon said he was happy that the deliberation he initiated between Akwa Ibom State Government and Halliburton last year was yielding positive result as evidenced in the inauguration of the Oil and Gas training center.
Hon. Ekon who advocated for the renaming of the Ibom e-library to Akwa Ibom State Oil and Gas training Center promised to give the people of the State effective representation.
The Area Vice President/Managing Director, Halliburton Nigeria, Mr. Henry Oki who was represented by The Country Business and Development Manager, Nigeria, West Central and East Africa, Mr. Okey Okoli expressed gratitude to the Akwa Ibom State Government for giving them the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the State’s economy assuring that Halliburton would live up to expectation.
High point of the event was the inauguration of the Akwa Ibom Oil and Gas training and research center.