NCDMB Tackles Artisan Shortage in Oil & Gas Industry
By Adewale Sanyaolu
The The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and some of its partners have stepped in to address the shortage of artisans in the oil and gas industry.
To this end, the Council has recently worked with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Total Energies Ltd to transform the Government Technical College (GTC), Port Harcourt, Rivers State, into a center of excellence for the training of artisans who will support activities in the oil and gas industry and the wider economy.
Speaking at the weekend in Port Harcourt, when he conducted the inauguration of the SPDC-executed upgrade projects, NCDMB Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, hinted that the construction work will bring back the glorious days of the institution and its students, and I hope the interns will lead the charge for job creation for the youths and generation of wealth for the Nigerian economy.
The projects to be executed by SPDC at the school include the construction of 4 world-class technical workshop units and an information and communication center and they are in line with SPDC’s commitment to the development programs of the NCDMB human capital.
He added that the availability of skilled and skilled Nigerian artisans will reduce reliance on foreign artisans and further deepen the practice of Nigerian content.
A few weeks ago, Total Energies launched the construction of a block of 25 classrooms, a student hostel with 200 beds and another technical workshop within the school. In addition, the council began upgrading the teachers’ quarters and official school principal’s quarters.
He explained that the Council attaches great importance to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions as they are important in the development of skilled artisans urgently needed for the realization of projects in the oil and gas industry. gas and other key sectors of the economy.
The NCDMB boss further explained that the Board launched a pilot study in 2018 in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers states to examine the state of technical and vocational education and training. and to unravel the cause of the shortage of skilled Nigerian artisans needed to execute projects in the oil and gas industry.
He noted that the study revealed that the infrastructure and facilities of more than 100 schools were in a dilapidated state, teachers and students poorly trained and motivated, hence a recommendation for the immediate upgrading of facilities in vocational schools across the country and the retraining of technical teachers.