OTUEKE – The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Steve Oru, on Friday assured that the Skills Acquisition Center at Otuoke, in Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa, would be completed in September, 2014. Oru gave the assurance in Otuoke while inspecting the project to ascertain the level of completion. Facilities inspected by the minister included the male and female hostels, administrative blocks, workshop rooms, store house, cafeteria, oil field and rig for exploration practices and recreational areas. He expressed satisfaction with the job and maintained that it would be ready on schedule. He said that when completed, the centre would admit 700 students in first year, with 500 in Oil and Gas and Maritime Technology unit and 200 in Information Communication Technology.
[eap_ad_1] “The ICT training will involve the assemblage of mobile phones, Ipads and other telecommunication gadgets. “The ministry is partnering stakeholders in the telecommunication industry in Nigeria and abroad and this is to enable full impact on the trainees and also provide automatic employment for them upon graduation” he said. The minister said that there were nine skill acquisition centers in the nine oil-producing states, adding that centres in Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom would also be ready in September. He said that the centres in Abia and Imo would be used for to train persons in commerce and construction while the one in Cross River would be dedicated to training in entertainment and tourism. He, however, decried the situation with the centre in Edo, saying that there are lingering issues that had stalled progress of work on the project. Oru said that all the centres would be managed by consultants who would be supervised by the ministry. (NAN)