NCDMB, PTI Forge Partnership to Enhance Capacity Development in Oil Sector  

Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, Delta State, are set to collaborate to actualise their shared mandate for human capacity development and advancement of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

At an exploratory session at the Nigerian Content Tower, Yenagoa, corporate headquarters of the NCDMB, the managements of the two organisations affirmed their resolve to close skill gaps in the industry and agreed on a wide range of initiatives to be undertaken in the immediate future, a statement by the NCDMB said.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, said he was one of those who had continuously advocated  that the PTI should be reckoned with in terms manpower development.

The NCDMB boss promised to send candidates to the institute for training, but pointed out that a lot had changed in the highly technology-driven oil and gas industry.

 “Things have changed,” he noted, adding, “Technology has moved up and PTI…has to move up with technology.” 

He agreed with the management of the PTI, led by its Principal and Chief Executive, Dr. Henry Adimula, that a joint committee proposed at an earlier meeting in 2020 be expeditiously instituted to work out modalities for collaboration.

He also assured that the board was prepared to intervene in critical areas through material assistance to the institute to advance critical objectives of the organisations. 

For the PTI to achieve its full potential, Wabote advised the management to do more to raise general awareness of its existence and statutory mandate as well as facilities and capacity-building achievements thus far.

 “A lot of people know you as an institute but you’ve not been able to showcase yourself and market yourself as to how the diploma and certificate programmes provided are vital for oil and gas industry operations.

 “Look for platforms to advertise what you do, including opportunities for conferences,” he advised.

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