The Executive Secretary of Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau, on Thursday said the board is planning to establishing two or more research laboratories facilities in the country to reduce the incident of researchers traveling abroad to do so.
Dr. Gusau who spoke with newsmen on the sideline of the meeting of the National Board of Trustees (NBT) of PTDF in Abuja said the process of how to actualize the plan is expected to top the discussions of the board meeting.
According the PTDF Executive Secretary, plan facilities is in line with the mandate of the agency which is developing capacity for the oil and gas sector. He stated that building capacity requires information and knowledge stressing that the only way to get knowledge is continuous research.
He noted that the lack of adequate research laboratories in the country has forced the agency to send abroad some of candidates under its research sponsored schemes.
He further revealed that the Fund was already in serious discussion with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Research and Development Department as well as Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on how to work together to achieve the planned research facilities.
Earlier Dr. Gusau well addressing the board members charged them to channel their energy towards finding solutions to some of the challenges facing the Fund.
The NBT meeting is the highest policy decision-making body of PTDF where discussions on critical issues on Endowment programme are deliberated.
The Thursday meeting according to its schedule to review the current operational strategy of the Endowment programme and make recommendations on new areas of research to be sponsored by PTDF.
The Fund has so far endowed Eight (8) Professorial Chairs in 8 Universities across the country to carry out indigenous research towards solving oil and gas industry problems and as well develop local technology and input required for effective operations of the industry.
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