Thirty graduates have commenced post-graduate diploma programme on marine survey under the sponsorship of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

The programme will equip participants with techniques to measure the quantity and quality of products such as crude oil, premium motor spirit (PMS), automotive gas oil (AGO, among others.

It is expected that on graduation, the participants would also be able to perform proper measurement and documentation of the nation’s income from oil and gas production.

Providing further details on the enrolment, the Board said that 20 graduates are enrolled in Marine Survey Level (12months) while 10 graduates will be trained as Marine Survey Upgrade (6months).

The classroom component of the training will hold concurrently at the Niger Delta University Entrepreneurship Centre in Bayelsa State and Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology in Lagos state for 12 months and six months respectively.

On-the-job training for the participants will take place at the Centre for Marine Survey Nigeria (CMSN), Lagos and, with international certification from the International Naval Surveys Bureau and Phoenix Register Shipping.

In his remarks at the kick-off ceremony at the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce, Amassoma, Bayelsa State, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr Simbi Wabote hinted that Nigerian ownership of marine vessels and equipment in the oil and gas industry is currently estimated about 40 per cent.

Wabte who was represented by the General Manager, Capacity Building Division, Dr Ama Ikuru, hinted said that increasing vessel ownership and participation of Nigerians in the maritime category will go a long way in meeting the 70 per cent Nigerian Content aspiration by 2027.

He maintained that marine surveyors are key to sustaining marine activities in the oil and gas industry and supporting vessel owners to survey and recertify their vessels in-country.

He commended the Centre for Marine Surveyors Nigeria (CMSN) in conjunction with Wider Perspectives Limited and the Niger Delta University for developing a world class post graduate diploma training programme on Marine Survey.

Also speaking at the event, the Vice Chancellor, Niger Delta University, Prof. Samuel Edomiekumo appreciated the Board for partnering the university in such an important programme and assured that it would provide a conducive environment for learning.

A representative of Wider Perspectives Limited, Mrs Edughom Hanson commended the Board for sponsoring the training and advised the participants to take the programme seriously, attend all lectures and comport themselves during the course of the programme.

By Peace Obi

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