Tanzania’s NIT plans courses in oil and gas

07 December 2012, Sweetcrude, Dare Es-Salaam – Tanzania’s National Institute of Transport, NIT, says it will next year introduce oil and gas courses in its education curriculum to help in training personnel for the sector.

Rector of the institution, Dr Zacharia Mganilwa, who disclosed this, said the introduction of the courses will come after detailed discussions with oil and gas stakeholders such as Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, TPDC, and Tanzania Zambia Pipeline (Tazama pipeline) who requested for the courses.

Mganilwa, who spoke shortly after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Nigeria’s Institute of Transport Technology, NITT, said Tanzania did not have an institution teaching oil and gas technology at the moment.

He said: “Since the oil and gas industry is assuming a high profile in the country, it is vital to get skilled personnel locally through training in exchange programmes and local colleges in order to utilise the resources accordingly, rather than depending on foreign personnel” .

The MoU, according to him, is aimed improving the transport college through an exchange programme with the Nigerian institute which has great experience in the industry and runs over 70 colleges.

“The exchange programme will be good because Nigeria has already passed the phase that our country is going through at the moment. For example the DART project that is now being implemented in Dar es Salaam has already been implemented in Lagos,” he stated.

On his part, the NITT Director General Aminu Yusuf said the aim of the relationship between the two institutions is to enhance individual capability in providing training to a degree level through exchange programmes, personnel, joint research and consultancy services and provision of technical support.

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