By Margaret Nongo-Okojokwu
Oilserv Limited, an oil and gas service company with expertise in pipelines and flowlines has completed the training of 28 Nigerian youths in auto-welding, manual welding and fitting and rigging activities as part of its technical training scheme.
Other focus areas of the scheme included basic equipment maintenance, assets training, horizontal directional drilling operation and operation of heavy duty equipment.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the programme held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State recently, the Managing Director of the company, Sir Emeka Okwuosa stated that most of the trainees would be absorbed by the company.
He explained that the company was committed to human capital development and was determined to make young Nigerians participate in the development of the Nigerian economy.
Okwuosa expressed satisfaction that the training was conducted without any incident, rather the trainees exhibited professionalism and good attitude to work. He noted that a batch of the trainees assigned to the Obiafu/Obrikom to Oben (OB3) gas pipeline project welding crew welded a total of 360 joints without a repair.
He promised that more young Nigerians will benefit from the scheme and more awareness will be created about the programme.
In his comments, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Denzil Kentebe commended Oilserv Limited for initiating the technical trainee scheme, which was in line with its strategies for implementing the Nigerian Content Act.
The Executive Secretary who was represented by the Manager, Human Capital Development, Mrs. Michelle Aiyegbusi explained that part of the Board’s mandate is to empower Nigerian entrepreneurs and imbue young Nigerians with trainings across specialties in the oil and gas sector.
Aiyegbusi challenged other companies to initiate similar programmes as the products will contribute to the industrialisation of the country. She urged the trainees to be diligent in in their work, stressing that success in life is not only propelled by technical skills but also the kind of attitude one adopts.
In their reaction, the graduands expressed their gratitude to Oilserv Limited for the opportunity given to them and promised to put in their best in all they do.