Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals and the Petroleum Training Institute, (PTI) Efunrun are to partner together in the area of human capital development and professional certification given the group’s foray into oil and gas business.
Dangote Group Executive Director, Stakeholder Management and Corporate Communication, Engr. Mansur Ahmed who led Dangote Group management to receive the management of the Institute when it paid a courtesy call on the Company said the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals would be more than ready to partner the PTI in the critical area of skill acquisition and human capital development.
He stated that the PTI is in vantage position to provide trainings that are otherwise sought abroad and that with the economic situation in the country, PTI should the leading light in training of personnel in oil and gas sector.
Engr. Ahmed then advised the Institute Management to build a framework that will show the contents of its training modules and how they match specific needs of organizations in the sector.
He tasked the Institute to come with a proposal that can lead to the formalization of the partnership between the Group and the Institute while also urging them to take facility tour of the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals currently under construction so as have insight into the areas of immediate training the company would require.
Speaking earlier, the Principal of the Institute, Professor Sunny Iyuke expressed delight that the Institute management has been able to link up with the Group eventually saying he was optimistic that the partnership would be beneficial to both parties.
He explained efforts being made by the new management of the institute headed by him to redirect the institute saying it has undergone several changes in the last few months all in efforts to reposition it to be relevant in discharge of its duties in the light of the modern day technology.
Prof. Iyuke made bold to say that the PTI has some of the best facilities for training in the oil and gas sector in the world and that the management was striving to ensure the facilities are deploy appropriately so that the institute would take its pride of place in the sector.
He also expressed the confidence that the facilities at PTI would be of immense benefit to Dangote refinery given its unique size and scope of production and that the training and certification that the Institute would provide would be global standard.
Stressing the reason why the current management moved to reposition the Institute, Prof Iyuke lamented that it was embarrassing that over five decades after the discovery of oil in Nigeria, the country is still importing oil.
Describing the situation as saddening unacceptable, he explained that PTI would need to double up and take the lead in human capital development in the oil and gas industry noting that with the local content policy of the government, the Institute has much work to do.
The institute listed areas of training where Dangote Refinery could benefit from as Refining process; Process control; Plant Utilities; Pipeline maintenance; Catalyst and Catalysis; Corrosion and Corrosion control; Water and Waste Water Management; Power plant and a host of other spheres.