By Oboh Agbonkhese
To overcome the “toxic and explosive” relation-ship among governments, corporate bodies and host communities, there is need to fight corruption and sharp practices by fingerprinting products of oil and gas industry, for a comprehensive data base.
This was part of the conclusions reached at the learning managers of oil, gas and allied companies’ workshop, organised by the Petroleum Technology Deve-lopment Fund, PTDF, and Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, Effurun, in Abuja.
A communiqué issued at the end of the workshop, with the theme, Enhancing National Gas Utilisation Policy for Effective Growth, said PTI was a veritable institution that had the equipment, expertise and personnel to mediate between stakeholders.
Earlier, in his address, Acting Executive Secretary of PTDF, Mr. Ahmed Aminu, said: “182 trillion cubic feet, the largest gas reserve in Africa and ninth in the world, is capable of enhancing Nigeria’s economic growth if properly channelled to complement domestic energy need.”
On her part, Mrs Emily Arhagba, the Vice Principal of PTI, said the institute had turned out over 1070 technologists and technicians, adding “any genuine discu-ssion on energy must revolve around a seamless transfer of new and emergent skills to this critical group on whom the future of the industry rests.”