19 April 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria, OGTAN, has called for proper training of Nigerian workers within the country, saying this is another way of guaranteeing local content development in the oil and gas industry.
OGTAN’s president, Dr. Mayowa Afe gave the advised in a statement signed by the association’s Director of Media Communications, Mr John Itua, in Lagos to sensitise stakeholders on the forthcoming inauguration of the OGTAN’s national executive council slated to hold later this month.
“lf majority of oil and gas training is done locally in Nigeria it would address foreign exchange challenges confronting the sector.
“Government agencies, institutions, international oil and gas companies should partner with OGTAN to invest in developing trainers in-country,” he said.
He stressed that there was need to standardise training to get more value, adding: “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 organise trainings, invite trainers and after that, walk away.”
The president said that OGTAN’s 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.
Afe 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.