By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”EMIR of Gwandu, Major-General MuhammadÂ Bashar (rtd), also the Chancellor of Federal University of Petroleum Resources, yesterday in Asaba,Â pleaded with the Delta State government to put pressure on the Federal Government to pay particular attention to the institution because of its place in the growth and development of the country.
He observed that the lack of adequate manpower for the petroleum industry has dire consequences for the economy of the country. The Emir was also at the Palace of the Asagba of Asaba, Obi Joseph Edozien.
Receiving the Emir, who was on his maiden visit to the university, state Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, SAN, made a strong case for the development of adequate indigenous human capital to explore and manage the countryâ€™s petroleum resources.
Said he, â€œlet me thank the Federal Government,Â who decided to establish the Federal University of Petroleum Resources in Delta State. It is a university that is very central to the survival of this nation because 90 percent of our economy is derived from petroleum resources.”
â€œIf we do not en_panel studies into petroleum resources, it means we are going to manage these resources in ignorance. Managing them in ignorance can only ensure their quick depletion to our own peril and our own future.
Therefore,Â a forum where we can undertake scientific studies, administrative studies in the management of these resources can only promote the economy and sustainability of our countryâ€, he added.