DPR Restates Commitment to Capacity Devt in Oil Industry


Peter Uzoho

The Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mr. Sarki Auwalu, has assured indigenous oil and gas trainers of more collaboration in their quest for sustainable human capacity development in the sector for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Auwalu spoke recently in Lagos, while receiving the ‘Oil and Gas Innovative Award of the Year’, presented to him by the Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria (OGTAN) during the organisation’s 2021 annual conference.

“Let me reassure all our partners of DPR’s commitment and collaboration towards sustainable human capacity development for the benefit of all stakeholders in the Nigerian oil and gas value-chain.
“In this, we look forward to enhanced collaboration with Indigenous training organisations. For us at the DPR, our role as business enablers and opportunity providers, positions us strategically as a driving force in the use of technology and application of technical know-how, thereby entrenching sustainable partnerships to grow our indigenous capacity,” Auwalu said.

He stated that the department would continue to play the leading role and provide needed direction for the benefit of the industry, noting that the recent inauguration of the National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre (NOGEC) by President Muhammadu Buhari, was aimed at reducing cost, enhancing safety and value addition to the industry.

He harped on the need for the industry stakeholders to continue to collaborate and leverage their individual strengths for mutually beneficial outcome, pointing out that that was the pivotal role the department will continue to play as the industry leader.

He said the award was dedicated to the management and staff of the DPR, who had painstakingly exhibited innovation and creativity to add value, promote ideas and create opportunities for the sustainable development of the Nigerian oil and gas industry in overriding national interest.

The director stated that the DPR was proud to be associated with OGTAN because the agency’s drive to build industry capacity was synchronous with that of the renowned training association.