By Amaka Eze
Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), a shipbuilding and offshore fabrication company, has sent 20 young Nigerians to Samsung’s shipyard in Geoje, South Korea on an extensive training programme.
This is in its supportive efforts to ensure that the local content input drive in the oil and gas sector is realised to meet President Goodluck Jonathan transformation agenda in the sector.
The company’s extensive commitment to training the first group of Nigerian trainees was first announced on February, with the ground breaking of its new world class training facility in LADOL Free Zone, called (“Samsung Nigeria Technology Academy”) SaNTA.
The training facility will cost about $10 million and will benefit from having Samsung’s world class training programs and equipment.
Samsung has however, gone a step further by launching. Samsung’s Intensive Technical Training Programme, which provides full scholarships for young Nigerians to also be trained at its world class facility in Korea.
The scholarship programme ran by Samsung exclusively for young Nigerians, will cost the South Korea based company a sum of $300,000 to train each group of twenty trainees.
Speaking at the pre-departure ceremonies for the 20 youths at Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, the General Manager SAMSUNG Heavy Industries in Nigeria, Mr. Frank Ejuzi told journalists that the company decided to key in to the training of Nigerian youths to meet the local content initiative of President Goodluck Jonathan by sending the youths for training in South Korea to acquire technology which they are expected acquire and transfer to the oil and gas sector of the economy.
“ In order to recover the Nigerian local content initiative of Mr President, we felt it is important to support that initiative and my company is sending the first batch of youths in the oil and gas sector for training in Korea in other for them to transfer the technology to our other youths back home,” said Ejuzi
Samsung’s commitment to training Nigerians ahead of any contract award demonstrates the Company’s true intention to share technology with and promote local content in Nigeria.
Samsung believes in promoting mutual prosperity with Nigeria by enabling Nigerians to fully participate in and contribute to the world class offshore fabrication projects, Ejuzi said.
He added that Samsung believes Nigeria will be the hub for oil and gas in West Africa and their long-history of success in the industry has taught them that the key to harnessing success and achieving local content is investment in people