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Petroleum Ministry, NNPC partner on capacity building


The Ministry of Petroleum Resources said it would collaborate with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to boost indigenous capacity in the oil and gas sector.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Ohi Alegbe, NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, in Abuja.
The statement said that in pursuit of this goal, the ministry and NNPC had commenced a seven-week intensive training known as Foundation Skills Training Programme for 34 technical officers in the ministry.
It stated that the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Danladi Kifasi, in his opening remarks said that the programme would equip the trainees technically for the task ahead.
Kifasi said the capacity building programme was in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to take the Oil and Gas Industry to the next level.
He commended NNPC for facilitating the training programme, adding that the partnership was geared toward improving the competence and policy direction of the present administration.
Earlier, the Group Executive Director, Corporate Services, Dr Dan Efebo, observed that the programme was aimed at developing young professionals for the entire Oil and Gas value chain.
Efebo said the sector played a critical role across the entire spectrum of the Nigerian economy.
He 30 officers were trained in the first batch, while 64 others from geosciences, petroleum engineering, well and field engineering would be trained at the end of this programme.
Efebo implored the trainees to remain focused and work hard in order to justify the enormous resources committed to organising the programme.
The others, who spoke at the programme were NNPC former Group Managing Director, Mr Funsho Kukpolukun, and a former Group Executive Director, Refining and Petrochemicals, Mr Chris Ogiewonyi.(NAN)

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