By Sebastine Obasi
The industrialization dream of the Federal Government will only be realised when the country develops a critical mass of skilled people, the Managing Director of Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria, Nicolas Terraz said.
Terraz who stated this at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation/Total/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summit, “Empowering the Teachers,” held in Lagos, also advocated the adoption of MIT’s emphasis on problem solving approach and developing entrepreneurial attitudes among students. According to him, one of the best ways to support and transform the local economy is through capacity building.
He said, “With the MIT collaboration, our capacity building programmes have gone full circle with all levels of education now involved. These include local and international scholarships at all levels.”
Terraz explained that the programme, which started in 2010, has to its credit 50 fellows spread across several universities in Nigeria, who have change agents, satisfying the intent of the programme.
Also speaking, the Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, said that Nigeria’s advancement as a nation will be dependent on the appropriate culture and value systems of the educational policies of the government.
“I seize this opportunity to call on individuals, groups or organisations who believe in this cause to collaborate with us to move it to the next level. We believe that public-private driven education is a sine-qua-non to rapid socio-economic development of our dear nation,” he said.