The Oil and Gas Trainers Association of Nigeria (OGTAN) has called for the domestication of training in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria.The OGTAN’s President, Dr Mayowa Afe, said at a media conference in Lagos, to sensitise stakeholders on the forthcoming inauguration of the association’s national executive council meeting, slated for April 13, said that retention of oil and gas trainees would save the country billions of dollars and create more job opportunities for Nigerians.
OGTAN members have the capacity to train oil and gas workers to international standards.He said that the billions of dollars currently being spent by companies to train their employees could be used to take care of the economy.
“Training should be domesticated to handle issues that are peculiar to our environment, and generate adequate human capital for the oil and gas industry.
“We want to discourage portfolio trainers, that is people who just walk into the companies to organise trainings; invite trainers and after that, walk away,” he said.
Afe said that OGTAN’s vision was to develop a Nigeria oil and gas training business group that interfaces with the operators, international organisations and government.
“The association’s goal is also to ensure a total human capacity development in the industry.“The attainment of the Nigerian content goal was achieved with the support of the Nigerian Content Division of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
“This is to address the manpower development needs of the Nigeria oil and gas industry.“lf majority of oil and gas training is done locally in Nigeria, it will address the issues of foreign exchange challenges confronting the sector.
“The issue of dollars denomination should be addressed through local domestication of companies. Government agencies, institutions, international oil and gas companies should partner with OGTAN to invest in developing trainers in the country,’’ he said.Afe said that the objective of the association is to create an enabling environment for in-house training.“Government agencies, institutions, international oil and gas companies should partner with OGTAN to invest in developing trainers in the country,’’ he said.
Afe said that the objective of the association was to create an enabling environment for in-house training and awareness geared toward effective domestication of capacity to drive local content.
He said that the association would facilitate implementation of total compliance with the local content requirements through effective human capacity development strategies in line with the Federal Government directives and applicable laws.
He said OGTAN will its national executive council in Lagos. “The Inauguration will have the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote, as the Guest Speaker.