The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG), Mr. Tony Attah Monday, has called on engineers in the oil and gas industry to acquire cutting-edge competence to enable them harness the nation’s vast natural resources and grow the economy.
Attah spoke at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Young Professionals Workshop in Lagos.
He said the industry has been pivotal to the economic wins in the past five decades and still remains so till date, stressing the need for competent professionals who will sustain and develop the sector.
He said: “It, therefore, becomes imperative for the Society of Petroleum Engineers and similar professional associations to stimulate the availability of enabling facilities to nurture and grow the professionals and the technology which will deliver the dividends from the sector to the nation’s economy.
“In view of this urgent need to support the development of world-class training structure for engineers, Nigeria LNG Limited spearheaded the improvement of the study of engineering in Nigeria’s top Federal Universities in the six geo-political zones of the country, through its University Support Programme (USP) and through which we recently donated buildings and equipment with a total value of $12 million.
“Under the programme, Nigeria LNG built and equipped six engineering research laboratories in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, University of Ilorin, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University of Ibadan, University of Port Harcourt and University of Maiduguri.”
Highlighting NLNG’s contribution to the development of human capital in the industry, Attah said NLNG also provides technical training for young Nigerians in the Bonny Vocational Centre situated on Bonny Island.
“The NLNG vocational centre has trained over a thousand Nigerians in related occupational areas such as electrical installation, fabrication, welding and pipeline work, mechanical fitting, building construction, ICT system support and many others. Our focus is to sustain the development of skilled manpower to support the technical field,” he added.
He said professional associations such as SPE should promote efforts to develop competence, whether through the public sector or the private sector to support a thriving oil and gas sector as well as to overall economic development.