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Petroleum Ministry, NNPC Partner on Capacity Devt. for Technical Officers

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As part of efforts to boost indigenous capacity in the Oil and Gas Sector,

the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum

Corporation, NNPC, Monday commenced a seven week intensive training for

thirty four (34) technical officers in the Ministry.

Delivering his keynote address during the opening ceremony of the second

batch of Foundation Skills Training Programme (FSTP) organized by the NNPC

for the Technical Officers in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary of the

Ministry, Mr. Danladi Kifasi, noted that the programme would equip the

trainees technically for the task ahead.
Represented by a Deputy Director in the Ministry, Mrs. Isang Iwara, the

Permanent Secretary said the capacity development programme was in line

with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan's

administration to take the Oil and Gas Industry to the next level.

He commended the NNPC for facilitating the training programme, stressing

that the partnership is geared towards improving the competence and policy

direction of the present administration.
In his opening address, 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 considering the

critical role it plays across the entire spectrum of the Nigerian economy.

'To date, a total of thirty (30) officers were trained in the first batch.

At the end of this programme, sixty (64) officers from various disciplines

of Geosciences, Petroleum Engineering, Well Engineering and Field

Engineering would have been trained,' the GED said.

Represented by the Group General Manager, Group Human Resources, Mr.

Ishaya Timothy, the GED implored the trainees to remain focused and work

hard in order to justify the enormous resources committed to organizing

the programme.
In his welcome address, the GGM, GHR of NNPC, represented by Mrs. Mariam

Sani, assured the trainees that the training provider was capable of

delivering the training as majority of their resource persons were

experienced players in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.

He commended the Group Learning Department for working tirelessly to

ensure the successful takeoff and smooth running of the programme and

urged them to remain focused on ensuring the successful completion of the

Other speakers at the event included former Group Managing Director of the

NNPC, Engr. Funsho Kukpolukun, and former Group Executive Director,

Refining and Petrochemicals of the Corporation, Engr. Chris Ogiewonyi, who

called on the Ministry and the NNPC to sustain the culture of training and

retraining their work force in order to ensure excellence in the Petroleum