Oscarline Onwuemenyi 23 September 2015, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, has announced a partnership with the Nigerian Universities Commission, NUC, to link the oil and gas industry with the university curricula so that both could improve their operations for the benefit of the economy.
The management of the two agencies agreed to this initiative tagged: Adopt A Faculty (AAFac) Programme, at a meeting in Abuja and set up a joint committee to develop a detailed action plan within four weeks.
Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Mr. Denzil Kentebe, described the AAFac Programme as a capacity development initiative of the Board intended to use academic institutions as a catalyst for local content development.
He said the programme is aimed at facilitating partnership between the academia and the oil and gas industry to align the university curriculum to industry technology and skill requirements to enable them train their students in courses and programmes relevant to the needs of the industry.
He listed other goals of the programme to include developing a culture for applied research, stimulating commercialisation of research findings from academic institutions, encouraging beneficiaries of oil and gas resources to invest in manpower and innovation and maintaining healthy pipeline of oil and gas talents.