The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Anoh Gas Processing Company Limited are concert to fund completion of the Center for Skills Development and Training (CSDT) abandoned by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) at Greater Port Harcourt Area, Rivers State.
Construction work at the skills acquisition center was conceived by PTDF to train and increase the competence and capabilities of Nigerians to meet the low-to-middle level human resources needs of the Nigerian oil and gas industry. But the project has been stalled since 2014 due to paucity of funds.
The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr Simbi Kesiye Wabote stated that the Board commenced discussions with PTDF in late 2019 on areas of collaboration to complete and operationalize the center.
He explained that Anoh Gas Processing Company (AGPC) Ltd was engaged to complete the project under the NCDMB’s intervention tool known as Capacity Development Initiative (CDI) projects. He said that ”CDI projects are utilized in collaboration with operators and service providers in the oil and gas industry to address identified gaps in local capacities and seize opportunities to grow local capabilities.”
The Executive Secretary commended the diligence and pragmatism of AGPC Ltd in identifying with the project as its CDI and re-mobilization of the contractor to site, with a view to completing the skill center in readiness for students’ intake and utilization.
He expressed belief that making the facility functional will promote skills development and attainment of one of the Board’s mandate of developing local capacities and capabilities and the Technical Capacity Development Pillar of the 10-year strategic roadmap.
“Globally, achievement of the local content agenda is hinged on domiciling value-adding activities and this is heavily dependent on locally available skilled manpower. It is in recognition of the critical role that skilled manpower plays in the development of local content that the Board has Technical Capability Development as one of the strategic pillars of its 10-Year Strategic Roadmap.” Wabote said.
Wabote revealed that the completion and utilization of the project will be a major achievement of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and especially President Muhammadu Buhari, who is very keen to finish off abandoned government projects.
In his remarks, the Managing Director, Anoh Gas Processing Company Limited, Mr. Okechukwu Mba disclosed that the company decided to partner with the NCDMB to contribute to the development of skilled professionals who will work in the oil and gas sector.
In his words, “I am particularly happy for the benefits the country stands to gain from the completion of this facility. It will produce youths equipped with relevant skills they require to pursue a rewarding career in the oil and gas industry.”
He indicated that the completion of the CSDT was part of the company’s $10m Capacity Development Initiative commitment made on the back of the development of the 300MMscfd capacity ANOH gas processing plant, located on OML 53 in Imo State.
While commending the Board for the importance attached to Capacity Development initiatives, Mba disclosed that the organization is set to work with the Board on other Human Capacity Development programmes.