TotalEnergies inaugurates projects in Rivers college

Oil giant, TotalEnergies E&P Nigeria Limited, has inaugurated infrastructure projects, including a technical workshop at the Government Technical College in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The development projects, which also consist of a 200-bed hostel and a 25-block classroom, are in fulfillment of TotalEnergies’ commitment to the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board’s priority on human capital development.

The company’s Managing Director, Mr Mike Sangster, disclosed this at the inauguration and handover of the projects to the school in Port Harcourt on Wednesday

While noting that the gesture was in line with TotalEnergies corporate social responsibility efforts, Sangster announced that Ikike, an offshore facility in the state, achieved its first oil production a few days ago.

Sangster, who was represented by TotalEnergies’ Deputy Managing Director, JV Asset, Mr Guillaume Dulout, further said the company was embarking on the infrastructure development under its IKIKE offshore development projects.

He lauded the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board for its commitment to local content development in the country, and the Rivers State government for the expedited approvals received for the launch of the project.

“The HCD projects are designed to upgrade the standard of the infrastructure in the school, create a good learning atmosphere, improve the standard of living for the students as well as equip the vocational students with life skills.

“It represents our full alignment with the initiatives of the NCDMB Board to develop technical expertise and professionalism in the Nigerian oil & gas sector.

Speaking, Executive Director, NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, said the board places premium on human capital development and the role that technical, vocational education and training can play in the development of skilled craftsmen required for the delivery of project in the oil and gas industry and for the growth of Nigerian Content in the industry.

Represented by the NCDMB Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Patrick Obah, he said  the availability of skilled and qualified Nigerian craftsmen would reduce dependence on foreign artisans and reduce capital flight.

Also, the CEO of Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, Gbenga Komolafe, commended TotalEnergies for siting the project in the GTCz Port Harcourt,.

Article first published on the Punch Website

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