The Oil and Gas Trainers Association (OGTAN) recently held a business forum on the Total Plc CSR Project on Education. Held at the Eko Hotel, in Lagos State, South West Nigeria, it showcased two of the outstanding examples of the beneficiaries of the International Oil company (IOC)’s commitment to the development of Local Capacity through Education.
After safety drill talk and introduction of the Guest Speakers which included Dr. Afe Mayowa, OGTAN President, Mr. Daziba Patrick Oba, a Director in the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engineer Vincent Nnadi, Executive Director, CSR, Total Plc who represented the Total MD, Prof. Francisca Oladipo, a Professor at the Federal University of Technology, Ilorin and John Okoroafor, who are beneficiaries of the Total Education sponsorship.
The program commenced with the Opening Remarks by the OGTAN President, Dr. Afe Mayowa. He spoke about the value of training while lamenting the corruption that has plagued the Educational environment in Nigeria. A company had to take a Nigerian student to Dubai for training just for the purpose of having training abroad. This attitude does not encourage the patriotism required to develop and domicile capacity building programs in Nigeria.
Mr. Patrick Oba of the NCDMB chaired the Presentations.
He further assured the Capacity building body of the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry of the NCDMB backing.
The Total Executive Director, CSR, Engr. Vincent Nnadi spoke about the profile of the International Oil Company (IOC) and their operations in Nigeria. He dwelt on the CSR program of the IOC.
A critical mass of uneducated natives in their communities of operations began to antagonize and subsequently attack the Oil company obviously out of ignorance and lack of proper education.
Engr. Nnadi then outline the various educational interventions the Oil giant has undertaken in the Niger Delta through Scholarships to the indigenes.
In appreciation of the IOC’s impactful CSR Programs, it was rewarded with an award in 2012 as the NOG CSR company of the Year.
Prof. Francisca Ladipo is one of the beneficiaries of the Total Education Program and she has so much to show to the pride of her benefactor and benefit of Nigerians.
Indeed, Francisca took her training on the MIT-ETT Program to a height that not only challenged the status quo but defined Learning and knowledge dissemination. This is a result of the processes she undertook as a Trainee in the Total Sponsored program.
After her program, she returned to Nigeria to share the knowledge she gained abroad.
The next beneficiary to give his testimony was John Okoroafor, who was taken from the point of frustration to the LEVEL of educational fulfilment. John had sent out over 130 job application letters and got only one reply which turned out to be unfavorable. His last try was what landed him the Total Sponsored Training.
The impact on his life was crystal clear.
After the program, ENB spoke with some of the Guests.
Mrs Caroline Egejiro is the General Manager, OGTAN “ I am very happy with the success of the program. This partnership with Total will go a long way to ensure that Local Content from the Training point of view is actually enhanced.” She said
“NCDMB has been quite supportive in ensuring that our objectives are achieved for the benefit of the Oil and Gas industry in Nigeria. Thanks to our able Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote, who has continued to stand by us to make sure that OGTAN delivers productive training to the industry.”
OGTAN has made tremendous progress compared to when the body was not in existence.
Here are some of the memorable moments of the event in pictures.