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Senate urges PTDF to ensure projects cover all geo-political zones

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By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—THE Senate has urged the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF, to cover the six geo-political zones in  the country in project execution. According to the Senate, this is to prevent a situation where some zones are short-changed in the scheme of things.

The Senate also asked the PTDF to correct its employment policy to stave off situations where some zones would not be represented.

Speaking during an oversight on the activities of the agency by the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), yesterday, Chairman of the committee, Senator Omotayo Alasoadura, hailed the PTDF for the projects executed so far, especially in the area of not abandoning projects.

He, however, stressed the need for the intervention agency to increase its volume of projects in oil and gas for Nigeria to benefit. Senator Alasoadura said the  management of PTDF told senators during executive session that in the area of lopsidedness of employment of staff, the Federal Character Commission, FCC, was already addressing the issue.

Earlier in his remarks, the Acting Executive Secretary of PTDF, Ahmed Galadima Aminu, disclosed that since inception, the agency in the area of human capital development programmes, had trained 4,608 students in various categories of postgraduate, undergraduate, masters degree as well as Phd programmes.

Aminu, who noted that there was no abandoned project across the country, noted that 2,104 persons had been trained in welding, drilling, among others, adding that trainings were carried out for 586 persons in the post-amnesty and helicopter pilot training programmes.

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