By Oscarline Onwuemenyi
Abuja – The Petroleum Technology Development Fund has disclosed that it would partner the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Rivers State Government to develop a skills training and development centre to be sited in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The Executive Secretary of PTDF, Alhaji Muttaqha Rabe Darma, who made the disclosure on Tuesday while making a presentation to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Ufot Ekaette in Abuja, noted that the centre was conceived in December 2008 to develop the skills of Nigerians who may not have any formal education and background.
Darma explained that the vision of the centre was to become the best skill centre in the West African region, capable of meeting current and emerging needs in the oil and gas industry.
According to him, the beneficiaries of the centre will be imbued with specialised skills, to enable them provide vital services in the oil and gas centre in Nigeria, thereby making them less attracted to militancy and other violent conducts.
He further stated that PTDF submitted the budget for the centre as part of its 2009 Budget to President Umaru Yarâ€™ Adua in January 2009 and it was one of the major projects approved for the year.
He stated that the fund commenced the design of the centre in March 2009, adding that the Rivers State government had pledged to donate a land at the Greater Port Harcourt where the skill centre will be sited.
PTDF will establish the centre and equip it with the necessary equipment to have a world class status and after completion, hand it over to the Ministry of Niger Delta, Darma added.
Some of the units that will be housed in the Skill Development Centre, he explained, will include the continuing education centre, computer centre and business/managerial skills centre.
There will also be training on beauty and hair dressing, and on telecommunication tools.
He added, â€œThe school will also have labouratories for training students on bakery, beverages and food making, soap and detergent making, tailoring and designing, carpentry, leathering and shoe making, plumbing, creative design, painting and similar professions.