By Ikenna Omeje
A former Head of State of Nigeria, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has urged Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria (OGTAN), to build human capacities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), as well as, in leadership and entrepreneurship.
He said that even though, STEM skills is primary in the oil and gas industry, efforts should also be devoted to building leadership and entrepreneurial competences.
Gowon stated this on Monday, at the 2nd Annual International Conference and Exhibition (OGTAN ACE 2019), at Eko Hotel & Suites, in Lagos.
“So while we must build human capacities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills, let me also counsel that some of the efforts and resources are devoted to developing the leadership and entrepreneurial competences that complement the latter.
This is the only way we can ensure the growth of indigenous enterprises to sustain domestic value capture in the industry,” he stated.
The former Head of State, noted that globalisation and knowledge-driven economy are not subject to debate, but matters that determine the existence of nations, communities, including organisations.
He maintained that for Nigeria to compete favourably at the regional and global level, human capital development is pivotal.
“So as our national discourse coalesces around resuscitation of Nigeria’s economic competitiveness at regional and global stage, it is imperative that we place pivotal premium on our human capital development,” he said.
Gowon termed the time of the conference as “better time” saying that it is,” A time to focuse on the people who hold the key to turning today’s challenges into prosperous industry for all of us.”
He said that he is satisfied with the achievements that have been recorded in Local Content Development in the country and thanked the Minister of State for Petroleum; Dr. Ibe Kachukwu and the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Engr. Simbi Wabote.
The event was attended by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources; Dr Ibe Kachukwu, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board; Engr. Simbi Wabote, and other professionals in the Oil and Gas in industry.
OGTAN is the independent umbrella Group of Training Services Providers in the Oil and Gas Sector established by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board in 2010.