09 April 2014, Lagos – Deepwater Survival Trainers Association of Nigeria (DSTAN) has passed a vote of confidence in the reforms in oil and gas sector championed by the Petroleum Minister, Mrs Deziani Allison-Madueke.
Its President, Sir Emmanuel Onyekwena, spoke at a briefing ahead of the inauguration of the Deep-water Simulation Theatre (DST), built by TOLMANN, a leading offshore safety training firm in the oil and gas sector.
He said the industry has witnessed tremendous growth under Mrs Allison-Madueke.
Onyekwena, who is also the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of TOLMANN Allied Services Company Ltd, said: “The major development that the industry has continued to celebrate is the Local Content Law, which is empowering Nigerians. Before the Minister came on board, only a few Nigerians could access oil and gas contracts. Look at the difference since she took over. Today, Nigerians are given the right of first refusal; they are considered first for jobs in the industry.”
First of its kind in Africa, the theatre will be inaugurated under the chairmanship of Mrs Alison-Madueke on April 14, at Trans Amadi Industrial Layout, Port Harcourt.
– The Nation