In order to train and create local technologies that will operate the oil and gas industry before the current Buhari administration leaves office, the Petroleum Training Institute’s training facility in Effurun, Delta State, may be restructured.
The Punch reported that on Monday, the PTI Repositioning Committee paid a working visit to the Institute to assess the training facilities there. The chairman of the committee, Mrs. Asmau Shehu Adaji, director of petroleum resources, informed the group of this information.
The Repositioning Committee was recently established by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, with the goal of ensuring the proper positioning and reorganization of PTI in accordance with global best practices.
The Repositioning Committee chairman said during a meeting with the PTI executive team that the committee would finish the task before the current Buhari administration left the country.
“I’m delighted we’re here to evaluate the institute,” she stated. “Before this regime ends, we want to finish this assignment, so i’m encouraged by the desire PTI has to reorient the Institute after hearing the principal’s comment because without your assistance, we cannot succeed, and for a correct repositioning, we require a physical appraisal of what we have been informed.”
She said, “We’re here as a committee established to look at the positioning and reorganization of the institution, and our primary goal in being here is assessment. This is a must for our task. At the very least, we must visit the Institute physically to ascertain its location so that we may alert the authorities. We would be here for two days
She also said that they have discussed certain outmoded equipment and the need for funding stating that they want to restructure the academy to meet first-class standards in line with international best practices in order to be able to supply the manpower in the oil and gas industry, particularly now that the Act setting up PTI has been approved and much is expected in the act. “As you can see, the main reason is funding,” she said.
Principal and Chief Executive of PTI, Dr. Henry Adimula, welcomed the Repositioning Committee earlier and praised them, saying that “the physical inspection would enable the team to see the suitability and also see areas where the government may need to reposition the Institute as the training hub for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria and the entire region of Africa.”
According to Adimula, who defined the evaluation visit as the last push to fulfill the goal of repositioning, “It is not improbable that we may accomplish the targeted goals in the few months left of this government.”
He also noted that the committee would like to see this happen as fast as possible.