Local Content: OGTAN advocates domestication of trainees

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Kunle Kalejaye

10 April 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos —
The Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria, OGTAN, has said that only the proper training of Nigerian workers within the country will guarantee local content development in the oil and gas industry.

The OGTAN’s president, Dr. Mayowa Afe said made the advised in a statement issued and signed by the OGTAN’S Director of Media Communications, Mr. John Itua in Lagos to sensitised stakeholders on the forthcoming inauguration of the OGTAN’S national executive council slated to hold later in April.

“If the majority of oil and gas trainees is done locally in Nigeria it would address issues of foreign exchange challenges confronting the sector. The issues of dollars denomination will be address through local companies.

“Government agencies, Institutions, International Oil and gas companies should partners with OGTAN to invest in developing trainers in-country,” said.

He added that “There is need to standardise training to get more value; training should be domesticated to handle issues that are peculiar to our environment and generate adequate human capital for our oil and gas industry even enough for export because training is key to local content development.

“We want to discourage portfolio trainers – people who just walk into companies to organize training; invite trainers and after that, walk away.”

The president said that OGTAN, which vision is to develop a Nigerian oil and gas training business group that interfaces with the operators, international organisations, and government, to ensure a total human capacity development in the industry is attained is relations to the goals of Nigerian Content goal

Mayowa noted that OGTAN which is the independent umbrella group of training service providers in the oil and gas sector was established by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) act in 2010.

According to him, OGTAN represents the Education and Training Sectoral Group of the Nigerian Content Consultative Forum (NCCF) under section 58 of the NOGICD Act 2010, with the purpose to build local human capital capacity in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry.

Mayowa said that the association act as a business group that interfaces with operators, International organisation, and the Nigerian government, adding that national executive council will be inaugurated in Lagos at Eko Hotel on April 13.

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