Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and ANOH Gas Processing Company Limited have signed a pact for the completion of the Centre for Skills Development and Training (CSDT) located at Greater Port Harcourt Area, Rivers State.
The skills acquisition centre is the brainchild of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) and conceived to train and increase the competence and capabilities of Nigerians to meet the low-to-middle level human resources needs of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
Construction work at the centre had been stalled since 2014 due to paucity of funds, thus necessitating the NCDMB Board to commence discussions with PTDF in late 2019 on areas of collaboration to complete the centre.
The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Engr. Wabote disclosed that ANOH Gas Company was engaged to complete the project under the Agency’s intervention tool known as Capacity Development Initiative (CDI) projects.
He explained that CDI projects are utilised in collaboration with operators and service providers in the oil and gas industry to address identified gaps in local capacities and seize opportunities to grow such local capabilities.
Engr. Wabote expressed optimism that making the Centre functional would promote skill development, noting that it is in recognition of the critical role that skilled manpower plays in the development of local content that the NCDMB Board has technical capacity development as one of the strategic pillars of its 10-year strategic roadmap.
The Managing Director, ANOH Gas Processing Company Limited, Okechukwu Mba, remarked that his company decided to partner with the NCDMB to contribute to the development of skilled professionals, who will work in the oil and gas sector, adding that upon completion, the facility will produce youths equipped with relevant skills they require to pursue a rewarding career in the oil and gas industry