The Manager of the Jubilee Oil and Gas Technical Training Centre in Takoradi Polytechnic, Mathhew Kweku Gyan has asked government to support Ghanaians through sponsorship to acquire technical competence to enable them participate fully in the oil and gas industry.
Mr. Gyan said it is sad that Ghanaians are not taking advantage of the Centre to acquire skills to enable them to position themselves in the spirit of local content to work on the oil field.
The Centre Manager said this when some selected journalists undergoing training in Oil and Gas Reporting under the Sponsorship of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Penplusbytes visited the Centre at Takoradi Polytechnic.
He noted that the 15,000 Ghana Cedis Course fees being charged by the Centre is way above the means of most Ghanaians, adding that scholarship from Government and other donors will help many to acquire the skills to work in the sector.
Our GBC Correspondent, Dominic Hlordzi, reports that the Centre offers 26-weeks rigorous training in Production, Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation and Safety.
Since its establishment a year ago about 32 engineers have been trained.
The Centre is certified by Process Authority Award Vocational Qualification Science Engineering Technology, PAAVQ-SET, a UK Accredited Institution.
The Six Million US Dollar state-of- the art Centre was built purposely for the oil and gas industry by Tullow and its partners.
Mr. Gyan said the facility is the biggest oil and gas training venue in Africa.
Meanwhile a Senior Lecturer at the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Dr. Stephen Dornyinah says the department is also experiencing decline in students’ interest in applying for Oil and Gas courses in the University. This he said is due to the slow level of employment in the sector.