In its effort to ensure quick completion of the multi based skills acquisition centres in the Niger Delta region, over N28 billion has been released by the Federal Government of Nigeria for the project.
Niger Delta Affairs Minister , Chief Godsday Orubebe, who made the disclosure yesterday while declaring open a two-day oil and gas stakeholders’ summit at the Le Meriden Ibom Golf resort in Uyo, said the centre, located in the nine states of the region were to train local manpower in the oil and gas sector.
The Minister said that out of numerous economic opportunities in the oil and gas sector, majority of people in the Niger Delta were yet to play significant role in the industry.
He said while construction works are ongoing at the centres, the ministry has already commenced training of over 500 youths of the area in oil and gas sector of the economy.
According to the Minister, the optimism of the Niger Delta Ministry in the development of local content in the oil industry was high, especially, with the setting up of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board and the petroleum Industry Bill soon to be passed into law by the National Assembly.
He commended Akwa Ibom state Government for organizing the summit and in realizing that its importance was crucial the socio economic development of the state.
The state Governor Chief Godswill Akpabio said that the theme of the submit which was on “Harnessing the Oil and Gas Potentials of Akwa Ibom State – Opportunities and challenges” was very apt and is in line with the policy thrust of his second term vision for the state.
The submit he noted was one of the initiatives of the state government to create awareness on how the citizenry could take advantage of the opportunities in the oil and gas industry.
Represented by the Secretary to the state government Obong Umana Umana, Akpabio stressed that the proposed Ibom Industrial City would be the key growth driver in the oil and gas export processing zone of Mbo and Ikot Abasi local government areas.