The Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria, OGTAN in conjunction with the NCDMB and the PTDF plan to hold a one-day National Education Summit (NES) on the 16th of this month with the theme: ”Sustaining Local Content through Quality Education and Training: Prospects and Challenges”.
OGTAN has designed the event to proffer solution that will bridge the yawning gap between the academia and the petroleum industry. It is a well known fact that fresh graduates from Nigeria’s tertiary institutions are ill-equipped to grab the opportunities the oil industry offers and as a result, the multi-billion dollar industry contributed a paltry 10 percent to the nation’s GDP as at 2017 Q3 (according to NBS). The oil and gas trainers asso- ciation aspires to fix this defect by bringing industry stakeholders and the academia to a round table in order to identify issues bedevilling human capacity development in the industry and to proffer sustainable, private-sector-driven solutions that would enhance in-country value addition.
One-time Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili shall lead the deliberations along with a a team of panelists consisting of university dons, CEOs of operating and service companies, oil industry agencies of government, education regulatory bodies, and training practitioners. A practical approach to the review of education curri-culum, existing internships, research programmes, educational funds, and lots more shall be x-rayed.
Local content achievement award
The evening of same day shall witness a dinner reception in honour of the distinguished and award-winning Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Develop-ment and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr Simbi Wabote who bagged the OGTAN’s “Local Content Achievement Award” for 2018.