By KUNLE KALEJAYE

NIPCO Plc, a downstream player in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector said it has stepped up its human capital development initiatives to boost manpower development in line with the Local Content Act (2010, which harps on effective harnessing of indigenous capacity in the nation’s hydrocarbon industry.

The initiative is part of the company’s commitment to adding value to Nigeria’s economy by growing indigenous capacity especially in the oil and gas industry.

The company’s Managing Director, Mr. Venkataraman Venkatapathy, who disclosed this  at a training programme to equip the staff properly on Safety and Security challenges  in Downstream Operations, said the feat became imperative to enable the staff  operate effectively and efficiently in a truly competitive business environment.

He told participants that Nipco will continue to support capacity building of its workforce in line with the Nigerian Content guidelines, even as the staff remained the bedrock of its steady growth over the years.

He said the two-day training programme facilitated by Hybrid Consulting Limited, is designed to give a broader awareness to all participants on contemporary issues in safety and security management in downstream operations as part of efforts at meeting challenges in these areas.

The NIPCO boss asserted that the staff have not only remained a major pillar, but had also continued to maintain productive work ethic, which has helped the organisation sustain its key position in the industry with satisfactory service delivery to its numerous publics.

According to him, the management will continue to place high priority on staff training and development, seek and retain the best talents in its pursuit of operational and service excellence.

Venkatapathy stated that a robust performance framework has been put in place by the company to ensure that all staff are properly managed and supported to deliver higher levels of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

“We are convinced that our investment in training and human capital development will translate into greater productivity higher performance and impact positively on the overall operations of the company,” he declared.

The M.D whose message was delivered by the company’s Assistant General Manager Human Resource/Administration, Mr. Magaji Mohammed, enjoined all participants to make the best use of the programme deliverables especially with regard to safety and security management as loss control strategies.

Training facilitator, Mr Dapo Omolade, said there is a symbolic relationship between safety and security in a regulated industry like the oil and gas especially   in the realm of loss prevention in work places.

According to him, losses in the downstream sector could take different forms with an all encompassing effect on every facet of operations whenever it happened, thus making it imperative to institute an enduring loss control strategies.

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