PORT HARCOURTâ€”Towards enhancing youths in the restive Niger Delta, the United Nations Office for Project Services (Africa Region) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigeria Institute of Welding (NIW) for the setting up of skills acquisition centres in three states of the region. They include Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states.
The President, Nigeria Institute of Welding, Mr. Solomon Edebiri, who disclosed this, said the project will not only provide the youths with training that conformed with international standard, but also make the youths self employed and employable.
Edebiri further disclosed that under the strategic partnership programme, NIW will provide technical guidance for welding trainees, procedures/ manuals and certification, while the United Nation Office for Project Services will collaborate with the state governments and Shell Petroleum Development Company to ensure the success of the project.
Edebiri, who is also an expert in the steel industry, noted that the United Nations Office for Project Services, which has offices in five continents of the world, would also benefit from NIW professional services which is one of its goals.
He commended the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), NNPC and Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) in particular, for ceding the control of welding activities in Nigeria to NIW under the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA).
He enjoined other stakeholders in the industry to liase with NIW in order to achieve standards in the welding industry.